Last night’s GOP debate made headlines because of the sharp elbows thrown, especially between former Gov. Mitt Romney and Gov. Rick Perry. In that exchange, both men lost. Perry seemed truculent and picky, harping on Romney’s having employed a company that, in turn, employed undocumented workers. But, Romney looked weak when he invoked the rules and turned to host Anderson Cooper for help. Very unpresidential on both men’s part.
On the occasion of World Food Day, Pope Benedict XVI said, "The right to life includes freedom from hunger."
I guess no one told the Pontiff that such sentiments risk reviving talk of the "seamless garment" approach to life issues once favored by Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.
Me thinks I hear some gnashing of teeth from the right wing bleachers.
Rachel Zoll has done an exhaustive and important service to the nation. Her article at AP about some of the crazier religious views held by those to whom Gov. Rick Perry entrusted the organization of his prayer rally this summer is a must-read.
What to say? We know that Perry's Baptist friend, Pastor Jeffress, thinks that Mormons are a "cult." What to make of these Dominionists?
For all of our troubles, Rome is looking better all the time.
My colleague, Tom Roberts, has written an important book. The Emerging Catholic Church: A Community’s Search for Itself presents a report about and, to a certain degree, the case for, liberal Catholicism, and I have not read a better presentation of that case anywhere. It is a case with which I have more than my share of disagreements, to be sure, but it is a case that needs to be considered and well-stated.
According to Cardinal Ravasi, the decision to invite four prominent atheists to Assisi for the prayer meeting later this month came direct from Pope Benedict XVI. Andrea Tornielli has the story.
Of course, if the atheists were invited to speak on a Catholic college campus in the U.S., I suspect the Cardinal Newman Society would be up in arms. Evidently, the Holy Father understands what the CNS does not, namely, that it is appropriate, even urgent, for Catholics to engage the culture not just shake our fists at it.
Zenit reports that Pope Benedict will preside at a Mass in St. Peter's to commemorate the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe, a papal first. But, will they get up at 5 a.m. and sing Mananitas?
Politico has the story. A newly elected member's most difficult race is his or her first re-election effort. And, according to their third quarter fundraising numbers, many of the newly elected GOP freshmen have not done much to protect themselves.
No one should rush to judgment regarding the indictment of Bishop Robert Finn on charges of failing to protect a minor. No matter what you think of Finn – and I confess I am glad he is not my bishop – he deserves all the rights our criminal justice system affords any defendant. The recent episode with Dominique Strauss-Kahn shows what happens when people rush to judgment.
I almost feel sorry for Bill Donohue. Is he really this clueless?
Donohue has rightly been attacking Pastor Robert Jeffress for his outrageous remarks about the Catholic Church. He warned that Governor Rick Perry's campaign would be in a heap of trouble if he did not disassociate himself from Jeffress's anti-Catholic comments. Now, Donohue reports in a press release that Gov. Perry gave him a call and said he did not agree with Pastor Jeffress that the Catholic Church has been infected by Satan. Donohue concludes his press release with the words: "Case closed."
At dotCommonweal, Father Joe Komonchak has some exquisite excerpts from an essay by John Courtney Murray, S.J., taking on Rienhold Neibuhr. You can read it here.