In case you haven’t heard, Pope Francis is releasing his encyclical on the environment this week. I suspect you have heard. Never has a text that no one has yet seen generated so much attention! I have not seen it either but prognostication is part of an analyst’s brief, so at the risk of proving myself a fool, here are my predictions about “Laudato Si.”
Everything that is deplorable about Bill Donohue is contained in this story and video. His use of the concept of intrinsic evil demonstrates as nothing else the old adage "a little learning is a dangerous thing." Let me also say, much of what is deplorable about Rawstory is here too: Polling is not how the Church determines Her teaching.
The first day of the USCCB meeting in St. Louis appeared somnambulant. The bishops might as well have been catching a nap, as no activity was required. They sat and listened to a series of reports, most of which had all the enthusiasm of a dentist explaining why that tooth must be pulled. The whole thing could have been done by email.
Archbishop Cupich offers full-throated support for new procedures to hold bishops accountable for handling clergy sex abuse.
Santorum has company - he is not the only member of GOP voicing reservations about Pope Francis.
The Holy Father’s approval of a new procedure and process for holding bishops accountable if they fail in their responsibilities to protect children, and to assign this task to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, is an enormous step forward in the Church’s long effort to rid itself of the scourge of clergy sex abuse and to create a culture that sees the protection of children as one of its highest duties.
While some of our friends are nervous (or worse) about the forthcoming encyclical, scholars at the University of Notre Dame are getting excited.
President Obama spoke to the Catholic Health Association meeting in Washington yesterday. Like all politicians speaking in front of religious groups, the president had to navigate some of the hard-to-see currents in the estuary where politics and religion mix and he mostly came out unscathed.
Getting the President of the United States to speak at a group’s annual meeting is one of the biggest coups possible in D.C. And, Obama made it clear why he chose this group to come and give a speech:
My favorite neo-con, Peter Berkowitz has a chat with Bill Kristol. I disagree with Berkowitz on many things, but his critique of certain dynamics in the culture of our universities is spot-on.
Archbishop Cupich's extraordinary talk at the Catholic Health Association is a must-read.
Next Monday, the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies will convoke a conference, co-sponsored and hosted by the
At the Washington Post, Kathleen Parker reminds us that the media frenzy over Caitlyn Jenner is largely a function of the desire to sell more copies and obtain higher ratings.