Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis' first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, is a song.
The Salvadoran American Leadership and Education Fund, working with the Los Angeles City Council, dedicated a statue to martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero this weekend in LA's MacArthur Park. In addition to a swath of political figures, LA Archbishop Jose Gomez participated in the ceremony. Sources in Rome say that +Romero's cause for canonization has been green-lighted so let's hope, sometime soon, this statue will be dedicated to St. Oscar Romero.
This article at Vatican Insider has Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley explaining Pope Francis via the O'Malley family plumber. Great read.
It is not very often that I find myself nodding in agreement with an article at Catholic World Report. But this article by Brian Jones critiquing libertarianism warmed my heart. I agree wholeheartedly with Jones' indictments, and it is only his qualifications and caveats that give me pause. It is worth a read.
The news that Iran reached an interim agreement with the United States and other nations regarding its nuclear ambitions is news, period. It is way too soon to say this is good news. It may be dreadful news if Iran uses the next six months to put the finishing touches on its nuclear bomb or, as is more likely, plays along for a bit until the West distracts itself, and then completes its goal of building a nuclear weapon. For the moment, then, clear thinking people are well advised to view this deal with skepticism.
Vatican Insider reports on the Holy Father's message to a Festival on Catholic social doctrine. They quote the Holy Father as saying:
Pittsburgh Bishop David Zubik had to leave the USCCB meeting last week to testify in court where the diocese was seeking a preliminary injunction against the HHS mandate. Yesterday, the diocese won the injunction - and a bit more.
Fr. Robert Imbelli has a fine post remembering the day John Fitzgerald Kennedy was shot at L'Osservatore Romano.
Something remarkable happened yesterday in the United States Senate: The filibuster died. Yes, the vote yesterday only applied to executive branch and non-Supreme Court judicial branch nominees, but it is hard to believe that a future Senate majority leader, facing obstruction over routine legislation or a nominee to the Supreme Court, will not follow the path trod by Senate majority leader Harry Reid. It is no time for celebration but also no time for tears.
One expects a fair amount of hypocrisy when dealing with politicians. But, Congressman Trey Radel takes the cake. Rep. Radel yesterday pled guilty to a charge of possessing cocaine. Earlier this year, Rep. Radel supported legislation that required all recipients of food stamps to go through a drug test. Maybe he was high at the time he voted. Let's hope the voters in Florida are stone sober when they toss him out of office next year.