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"The cat's got their prophetic tongue"


Mark Silk rightly asks - where is the outrage from religious leaders at the GOP for their hostility to the unaccompanied children coming to the border? Obama signs an LGBT non-discrimination rule and you would think the heavens were falling. But, the GOP personifies the throwaway culture, treats these children as a nuisance, and wants to send them back into the burning buildings which their home countries have become, and there is no outrage coming from the USCCB.

Contra Fr. Sirico on Hobby Lobby


There is so much wrong with Fr. Robert Sirico’s commentary on the Hobby Lobby decision and the implications of President Obama’s LGBT non-discrimination rule, it is difficult to know where to start.

Fr. Sirico’s most obnoxious argument, which he relates to the non-discrimination rule for federal contractors, and the USCCB response to that rule (he deplores the rule and applauds the response) is this:

Remembering Paul VI


On this day, the Feast of the Transfiguration, in 1978, Pope Paul VI went to his eternal reward. I remain convinced that Montini's was the great pontificate of the last half of the twentieth century, laying all the theological groundwork that would come to fruition in later pontificates, keeping the Church together in the post-conciliar years, and navigating the challenges the Second Vatican Council set for the Church. On the day he died, I was bereft. He was the only pope I had ever known.

Garnett on "Freedom of the Church"


Notre Dame's Rick Garnett has a typically intelligent essay up at "Liberty of Law" website on the freedom of the Church, not as a legal doctrine so much as a "mood." He thinks that if the idea of the liberty of the Church "can be retrieved and translated, then it should be—not out of nostalgia or reaction, but so that the law will better identify and protect the things that matter." I think so too.

Philippines Bishops' & "Trickle Down"


The Philippines' Bishops' Conference issued a statement announcing the forthcoming visit of Pope Francis to their country. In the fourth paragraph of the statement, they quote Pope Francis' remarks about "trickle down" economics in Evangelii Gaudium. I am wondering if the USCCB will quote the same passage when they issue a statement if the Holy Father is coming to the U.S.? 

Review "The Word of God at Vatican II"


On November 14, 1962 the Second Vatican Council began its consideration of the text, De Fontibus, the proposed schema, drafted before the start of the Council by the Roman curia and its theologians, on the subject of divine revelation. As the title indicates, the text repeated the classic Roman understanding of revelation as springing from two sources, Scripture and Tradition, and it generally followed the standard line, ignoring many of the theological advances of the past decades.


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