Last week, I attended the first academic conference sponsored by Catholic University’s still relatively new (18 months old) School of Business. Titled “Liberty and Solidarity: Living the Vocation to Business,” the event was co-sponsored by the Napa Institute, the brainchild of Catholic businessman, and CUA Trustee, Tim Busch. I readily confess my suspicions of the CUA Business School, but I tried to go in to the proceedings with an open mind.
Today is the Feast of the Archangels, my feast day. Here is a video of the most appropriate song for the day, Ye Holy Angels Bright, sung at St. Bartholomew's Church in New York City. And, I post the wonderful words after the video, calling attention to the last stanza - "and with a well-tuned heart, sing thou the songs of love!" Hymn writing does not get any better than this. .
If you were doing a spoof of rightwing Catholics in the media, a Catholic, television-based version of the Onion, you could not do any better than the work, undertaken in earnest, found at GloriaTV. Who is behind this program? The production values are not very high, but still, somebody is paying for this. Here is a segment of their news show in which they begin with the dismissal of the Paraguayan Bishop Livieres Plano.
Over at The New Republic, Jonathan Cohn on the next big fight in education, the high school curriculum for American history.
In this morning's Washington Post, Michael Gerson on why evangelicals should avoid a politics of resentment. What he says about evangelicals applies equally to Roman Catholics.
Yesterday, I began my review of Christian Smith important new book, The Sacred Project of American Sociology. In outline form, I re-stated his thesis, albeit without all the nuances and qualifications Smith rightly attaches but which would have made a review unwieldy.
Yesterday I was discussing, with my favorite conservative priest friend, canon lawyer Ed Peters' latest post, in which he pours cold water on a suggestion from Milan's Cardinal Angelo Scola about potential ways of reforming the annulment process. +Scola is not enamored of the proposals from Cardinal Kasper, but he is clearly seeking a way forward, a bridge between the two sides, which is a good thing for a bishop to be doing.
Bishop Daniel Flores publishes some beautiful reflections on his webpage. This one, on loving the Cross, is truly beautiful (h/t to Rocco)
Christian Smith, who teaches sociology at the Univeristy of Notre Dame, has just published a new book that is sure to cause a furor. The Sacred Project of American Sociology will not only anger many sociologists in the U.S., which Smith foresees, but the books implications for the current state of much of liberal education are obvious and it will, hopefully, cause a dust-up beyond the sociology departments of the nation’s campuses.