As I mentioned before, my bedtime reading of late has been Churchill's "Marlborough: His Life and Times," and because I only read it at bedtime, and because the days have been long and consequently I fall to asleep quickly, I have been making my way very slowly. But, the other night I came across these two great quotes, in Volume III, in which Churchill is discussing the beginning of the political shifts and machinations in the fall and winter of 1709 that would lead eventually to the fall of the Whig government, and of Marlborough himself.
All the networks are leading with the Ebola crisis, but leave it to Fox News’ Sean Hannity to open his show last night not only with scary images of health care workers in those suits that look like space outfits but with the kind of music we associate with B-grade horror flicks. Fear is abroad in the land as well as Ebola.
Democrat Tom Wolf will almost assuredly be elected Governor of the great Commonwealth of Pennsylvania next month. At the Washington Post, E.J. Dionne profiles a man who sure talks like a Catholic when it comes to recognizing that government is a good, a public good, not something to be shut down or dismissed as dirigiste.
Archbishop Jose Gomez has a beautiful reflection on the case of Brittany Maynard, the young woman who is planning to take her own life as she struggles with terminal cancer. I confess I do not see how the world cannot see how much more beautiful is the loving accompaniment of Jesus, and the faithful who claim Him as their Master, over a doctor with an overdose in hand.
All of us in the Church commentary biz are, understandably, transfixed by the Relatio that came out Monday and by some of the reactions to it. In a frenzied state, sometimes it is easiest to miss what is actually the most important, to overlook the obvious. In this case, the text’s statements about graduality or gradualness seem to be the key hermeneutic for the entire text, arguably for the entire papacy.
A powerful, scorching look at the Ebola crisis from Leon Wieseltier.
Next month, at their annual meeting in Baltimore, the U.S. bishops will vote on some new committee chairs. The USCCB announced the nominated candidates this week. Two contests caught my eye. In the election for Conference Secretary, the nominees are Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans, and Archbishop Tim Broglio of the Archdiocese of the U.S. Military.
The reactions to the synod’s midway relatio continue to pour in. You would think someone denied the divinity of Christ. But, the emotions are strong because people are aware that something big is going on in Rome, they have seen it now for a little more than a year and one half, a new way of evangelizing, one based on accompaniment and encounter as the method, and they want to know if the bishops will stand with the pope or not.
My colleague and friend Tom Roberts has a great post up at The New Republic on the interim report from the Synod on the Family. Not for the first, or last, time, Tom nails it.
The reaction at LifeSiteNews to the release of a report from the synod, summing up the first week's discussions, is breathtaking. Dissent, a failed project of the fringe left, now moves squarely to the fringe right, where it will become a different kind of failed project. Me? I am sticking with Holy Mother Church and Papa Francesco.