At his blog at the website of the Archdiocese of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl offers some thoughts on the Synod on the Family which begins on Sunday. +Wuerl is a synod father. I will call readers' attention to the key thing +Wuerl does not do - he does not "take sides" the way so many others have, but encourages his fellow synod fathers to be attentive to the Holy Spirit, and encourages the rest of us to pray that the Holy Spirit will inflame the hearts of the synod fathers.
Yesterday, Morning Briefing featured a link to a news story about the bishops of California filing a civil rights complaint regarding a new requirement from the state of California’s Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC).
The President of the Philippines Episcopal Conference, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, on the "challenge of Pope Francis" - and +Villegas is warmed by the challenge, not frightened. His comments about the changes Pope Francis is bring about, in fundamental attitudes, are brutally candid. This is indeed a revolution. (h/t Rocco)
Are we surprised that when he spoke to the Plenary of the Pontifical Council on Justice and Peace, the Holy Father did not begin with crony capitalism. Actually, his opening substantive paragraph read:
Having spent a few days recently venting about social scientists, let me tip my hat to one such whom I admire, Trinity College's Mark Silk, although he is so much more than a social scientist. Nonetheless, when looking at survey data, such as that released by Pew last week, it is always a good idea to see what Silk has to say about the results because he often sees things that escape the rest of us. Here is his latest.
In case you missed it, there is an amazing interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper, given to America magazine and La Nacion, the Argentine daily. He is not backing down, that much is clear, and he intimates that we might expect a strong opening speech at the synod from the Holy Father.
Yesterday, I began looking at last week’s conference “Liberty and Solidarity: Living the Vocation to Business,” co-sponsored by the Catholic University of America’s Business School and the Napa Institute, the brainchild of Catholic businessman Tim Busch who is also on the CUA Board of Trustees.
It seems almost every sermon the Holy Father preaches at his morning Mass at St. Martha's is a home run. But this one really goes to the root of that false piety which says we should never complain to God even when our heart feels the need. He calls for real prayer, that speaks from what we are experiencing. It is just so startling, and invigorating, to read these accounts of his homilies. Here is the money quote from today.