Last week, Archbishop Blase Cupich took the reins of the Archdiocese of Chicago, catapulted from the relatively small Diocese of Spokane (Catholic population of around 100,000) to the largest and most important diocese of the Midwest (Catholic population of around 2.2 million). The archbishops of Chicago also have played a significant role in the life of the Church in the entire United States and in the world. The installation of a new archbishop, therefore, has everyone scrutinizing the tea leaves to figure out what it means.
Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez issued a strong statement applauding the President's actions on immigration but reminding everyone that the measures adopted do not go far enough. We still need comprehensive immigration reform and, now, sadly, the GOP appears unwilling to bring the issue up in the lame duck, even though they know the Senate-passed reform legislation would win on a vote tomorrow.
A fascinating story at Vatican Insider on the position held by then-Fr. Joseph Ratzinger on the subject of divorce and remarried Catholics receiving communion.
Fordham theologian, and New Jersey resident, Charles Camosy has an op-ed in the Star-Ledger on some of the reasons the New Jersey Senate and Governor should not follow the House in passing a bill on physician assisted suicide.
President Obama will sign an executive order that will affect some 5 million undocumented immigrants, shielding them from deportation. As the president noted in announcing his executive order last night, he does not have the legal authority to grant these 5 million people a pathway to citizenship or even access to a green card. Republicans decided to go ballistic, accusing the president of an unconstitutional over-reach.
Pope Francis spoke to the UN conference on nutrition in Rome today. Here is the money quote:
Two Palestinian terrorists attacked a synagogue in Jerusalem this week, killing five people, including four rabbis. I hope all those who regularly complain about the plight of the Palestinian people will reflect deeply on this atrocity. If, as we are told, the Palestinians really object to the security barrier that separates parts of the West Bank from parts of Israel, or what will surely be Israel in any reasonable two-state solution, killing people in a Jerusalem synagogue does not encourage the Israeli government to think twice about the barrier.
In an interview with a Chicago television station, newly installed Archbishop Blase Cupich noted that the U.S. bishops' conference has already voiced support for interim measures, in the form of a presidential executive order, to ease the danger of deporting undocumented immigrants, especially when such deportations divide families. As my colleague Fr. Tom Reese, S.J.
Yesterday, I began a review of David Cloutier’s new book Walking God’s Earth: The Environment and Catholic Faith. You can read it here. Today, I will look at how Cloutier assesses the current situation.