The latest frontline in the culture wars has come into focus: In the face of decisions by Catholic universities to extend health care benefits to those who have contracted same-sex, civil marriages, some bishops and some commentators are digging trenches, bringing up the mortars, and lobbing shells. The whole thing puts one in mind of the Western Front in World War I.
One of the ways Democrats can overcome their difficulties during midterm elections is to stop antagonizing pro-life Democrats. That is the message of Kristen Day, head of Democrats for Life.
In this morning's Washington Post:
Brittany Maynard’s death is the very stuff of tragedy. A young woman afflicted by an inoperable cancer. A law that offers a “remedy” in the form of physician-assisted suicide. A culture that deludes us into thinking we can, and therefore should, “die on our own terms,” when, obviously, if the terms were ours, we would avoid death altogether. And, the most basic tragedy: a young woman, loved and loving, is no more, the tragedy of death in all its abysmal loneliness.
Over at CatholicMoralTheology.com, Charlie Camosy looks at the politics of the pro-life movement in the wake of yesterday's results. He rightly urges pro-life Dems to work with pro-life Republicans to forge a broad-based consensus around policies that limit abortion, as opposed to shooting for personhood amendments that continue to go down to defeat even in the most conservative of states.
Over at Politico, David Nather on the fight for the soul of the GOP.
Wow. When Democrats lose almost every toss-up race in the Senate, ten or more seats in the House, and the governorships in true blue states like Massachusetts and Maryland, you know you have just witnessed not a wave but a tsunami. The election results yesterday were a thorough repudiation of the state of the country, and especially of President Obama’s leadership or lack thereof. The voters spoke and they are very, very upset.
Today, the Feast of St. Charles Borromeo, is also the anniversary of the coronation of St. Pope John XXIII. "Good Pope John" loved the baroque liturgies of the Church of his time, but he did not let them bury his humanity. Like the current pope, John XXIII was a master at evangelization because he was not afraid to let people see his heart of gold.
Cardinal Raymond Burke, whose term as Prefect of the Signatura is about to end and, apparently will not be renewed, is once again complaining about the recent Synod on the Family. He is worried about "confusion" coming from the synod, especially the mid-synod report.
Yesterday, I looked at the internal, managerial, staff-related issues that face the USCCB in advance of their plenary next week. Today, I would like to look at the attitudinal, dare one say ideological, challenges facing the conference. And, to be clear, while I think the bishops must take the lead in resolving the managerial issues, the bishops need to take some long looks in the mirror if they wish to address the attitudinal issues I will discuss today.