A couple of media appearances over the holidays by US bishops are worthy of note. Cardinal Donald Wuerl appeared on ABC's Good Morning America and gave an enthusiastic endorsement of Pope Francis' vision and accomplishments and Archbishop Joseph Kurtz did the same on CBS. Isn't it nice to see American prelates praising the pope without reservation or trying to trim his words.
Check out the chart in Kevin Drum's essay at Mother Jones on income inequality. Truly frightening. This is the kind of thing Catholic business schools - to say nothing of the Democratic Party - should be addressing, yes?
George Weigel has offered his take on the Synod on the Family, held last October, and what he believes should happen in preparation for the second synod this coming October, in an article at First Things.
When you tell someone you will be spending Christmas in Connecticut, images of Barbara Stanwyck and Dennis Morgan leap to mind. For me, of course, Connecticut is still home in a way that Washington never will be, a place where houses are still identified by the family who lived there years ago – “You know, the old Pearl place on Eleventh Section Road” – and where I am known simply, and in a sense most accurately, not as a Catholic journalist or author but as “Claire and Felix’s son.”
“Comfort ye, comfort ye my people.” We know these words from the Book of Isaiah. We recognize them as the words with which Handel’s Messiah” opens. We know the Advent tune that takes them as the chorus. The promise God articulates through Isaiah is, we Christians believe, redeemed in the birth of Jesus Christ.
Here is a link to the statement by Bishop Christopher Coyne on his appointment to the Diocese of Burlington. +Coyne is a smell of the sheep kind of bishop, as this statement shows. Congrats to all our friends in the Green Mountain State!
Politico reports on new pro-labor doings in the Obama administration. It is about time. Now, if we can only get Obama to scuttle some of his proposed trade deals.
Pope Francis, in his annual Christmas address to the Curia, set forth fifteen – count ‘em, fifteen - spiritual maladies that he believes have invaded the upper echelons of the Vatican’s leadership. The speech illustrates again how differently Pope Francis conceives of his role as pope and how differently he grasps the problems facing the Church from the way his two immediate predecessors viewed these matters.
Over at RNS, Mark Silk examines the issue of media bias in religion reporting with his usual, even expected, eye for clarity.