I shall be in travel mode all day tomorrow (Tuesday) and will be unable to blog. So, be sure to check out our other great blogs here at NCR and I will see you all on Wednesday morning.
The American Catholic tries to address the argument of some that the pro-life movement is oftentimes inconsistent, failing to address important pro-life issues other than abortion.
The reason given is that if the pro-life movement were more in favor of big government, it would be less inclusive. Huh?
Either anti-malaria programs in Africa are pro-life or they are not, and the decision to defund them must be seen in that context by pro-life advocates.
Either aid to women facing crisis pregnancies will help those women to decide to keep their child and carry it to term, and is consequently a pro-life policy, or it isn't. The American Catholic averts his eyes when it suits him. And, there is nothing pro-life about that.
Over at Whispers, Rocco Palmo has some great analysis - and photos and audio clips - of the change in leadership in the largest archdiocese in the land, Los Angeles.
This is an important milestone in the history of the American Church and, as Rocco suggests, a kind of return to our earliest origins, before Lord Baltimore and John Carroll and the Irish. It is becoming obvious, as well, that Gomez is well suited to carry on the commitment to social justice that was so central to Cardinal Mahony's legacy.
Edward Peters, the canon lawyer who has suggested that Governor Cuomo be denied communion, responded to my post in which I restated my long-standing position that using Canon 915 to deny politicians communion is horrible theology. Furthermore, I argued that the canons of the Church exist to further the Church’s objective of saving souls, that the Church has many instruments and methods to accomplish that goal, and that many of us think that heavy-handed reliance on canonical penalties is actually a great cause of scandal and harms the Church as well as the potential for helping the person who is denied communion. To be clear: Edwards’ post is very thoughtful and intelligent and he makes the best case that can be made for his interpretation of how Canon 915 should be applied. But, he avoids addressing the point I made.
Canon lawyer Edward Peters has responded to my post earlier today about the brouhaha he has begun regarding the fitness of the Governor of New York to present himself for communion.
Alas, at the moment I discovered his reply, I thought it my obligation to post it, not just leave it in a comment, which I have now done. At that same moment, a stiff breeze came through the window, reminding me that I am on holiday, that just outside the window are at least eight shades of turqoise water crashing against the unbelievably soft sand of Luqillo beach, and that as I am just finishing a very delicious but very large margarita, I had best respond tomorrow.
I will say this for the moment. Mr. Peters has rendered a thoughtful reply and those who are interested in this subject should read it - before margarita time. I promise to do so this weekend and reply with a thoughtful reply, if not tomorrow, soon.
John Gehring, of Faith in Public Life, looks at an essay by Professor Gerald Breyer of St. Joseph's University, on the union busting tactics in Wisconsin.
Edward Peters has started a brouhaha by suggesting that Gov. Cuomo should not be given communion because he lives with a woman to whom he is not married. The diocese of Albany has replied, pointing out why it does not interpret the canons as Mr. Peters does and he has replied to the diocese.
Our friends at Vox Nova look at the union-busting in Wisconsin through the lens of Laborem Exercens. Towards the end of his life, Pope John Paul II was asked which of his three social encyclicals was his favorite and he cited Laborem, his first, as his favorite. It is mine too. One wishes that there was a single Catholic Republican in the Wisconsin legislature who would read it and think twice before continuing with the assault on workers rights.
My friend Mark Silk posts about how his students at Trintiy College reacted to former Senator Rick Santorum's recent remarks about the Crusades.
There is, of course, room for disagreement about many things in public life and, indeed, about interpreting history. But, putting a smiley face on the Crusades is not a serious intellectual project. It is an embarrassment.
Don't miss Adam Kirsch's review of Timothy Beal's "The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book." The different uses to which the Bible is put - prehaps better to say subjected - is a subject that defines so much of American culture. This goes on the Must-Read column.