The vote in favor of same sex marriage in Ireland was overwhelming. The Irish people, especially Ireland’s young people, turned out in large numbers to support a measure that was unthinkable ten years ago and unheard of twenty years ago. There is a palpable sense that the Catholic roots of Ireland are no more, that traditional marriage was not the only thing on the ballot this past weekend, but Ireland’s Catholic heritage.
It is right and fitting that all Americans come together on this day and remember the sacrifices of our men and women in the armed forces, who fought and died on behalf of our country. “All Americans.” The brave men and women who have donned our nation’s uniform did not fight for liberals or for conservatives, nor for Republicans or Democrats. This holiday, like their sacrifice, is a shared moment and it should bind the nation together.
I hope everyone saw my colleague Brian Roewe's post yesterday afternoon about Archbishop Marcelo Sanchez Sorondo pushing back against those who criticized the Vatican for hosting Ban Ki-moon and Jeffrey Sachs at a climate change conference. Be sure to clink on the link to the archbishop's exact words. Do ya think he is tired of this foolishness
Irony abounds in our political culture, perhaps in all political cultures. But, these days, if you want to find irony in its most exquisite form, you need to look at the Kansas of Sam Brownback.
Nebraska's unicameral legislature voted yesterday to abolish the death penalty. Here is a link to the statement by the Nebraska bishops on the issue. Who would havce thought that bishops of Nebraska would be more outspoken on this issue than, say, President Barack Obama!
Yesterday, I wrote about Cardinal Pietro Parolin’s welcoming remarks at a Vatican conference on the environment and sustainability. Later in the day, my colleague Brian Roewe reported on remarks at that same conference made by Washington’s Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
I am not much of a fan of using the Holy Father in a political advertisement, but if you are going to do it.....
You heard it here first: The "ick factor" and HRC.
Cardinal Pietro Parolin gave brief welcoming remarks to a Vatican conference this morning on “The New Climate Economy: How Economic Growth and Sustainability Can Go Hand in Hand.” The event, like last month’s conference on climate change, represents a new sophistication in Vatican communications strategy: They have discovered the roll out. So, although Parolin’s remarks were brief, I suspect they indicate some of the major themes we shall see in the encyclical itself.
At Politico, the hard facts of demography do not portend well for the GOP.
At Catholic San Francisco, Fr. Robert Carbonneau on the links between China and SF's Tenderloin. Fr. Carbonneau has a series - you can follow the links - on the Chinese influences on the Church in San Francisco. Interesting stuff.
The latest dramas surrounding Hillary Rodham Clinton’s presidential bid – the money paid to the Clinton Foundation and directly to her for speaking gigs, and her unwillingness to take any questions from the press corps – appear at first blush as run-of-the-mill Clinton scandals: They are bad enough to make you say “ick” but not bad enough to get anyone indicted. But they show something else. Clinton and her campaign team (and much of the press corps) is not just out of touch with regular Americans, they appear to live in an alternate universe.