Politico has the story. It is not clear if the Supreme Court will hear the challenges to the HHS contraception mandate from non-profit religious institutions. But, it will be fascinating to see how they come down on the issue of for-profits.
The answer to the question - wassup with the Congregation for Bishops? - is above the pay grade of my sources. But, it is astonishing that Cardinal Marc Ouellet has not yet been confirmed in his post as prefect of that all-important congregation. Cardinal Filoni has been confirmed. Cardinal Turkson has been confirmed. Archbishop Muller has been confirmed. Cardinal Canizares has not been confirmed, but he is expected to head back to Spain as Archbishop of Madrid.
From the Writer's Almanac, a beautiful poem by David Allen Sullivan.
Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas, consecrated the diocese to the Immaculate Mother of God last Sunday with a beautiful prayer the bishop wrote himself. (h/t to Rocco)
Over at RealClearPolitics, Peter Berkowitz on the dangers of the negotiated "settlement" with Iran.
Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis' first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, is a song.
The Salvadoran American Leadership and Education Fund, working with the Los Angeles City Council, dedicated a statue to martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero this weekend in LA's MacArthur Park. In addition to a swath of political figures, LA Archbishop Jose Gomez participated in the ceremony. Sources in Rome say that +Romero's cause for canonization has been green-lighted so let's hope, sometime soon, this statue will be dedicated to St. Oscar Romero.
This article at Vatican Insider has Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley explaining Pope Francis via the O'Malley family plumber. Great read.
It is not very often that I find myself nodding in agreement with an article at Catholic World Report. But this article by Brian Jones critiquing libertarianism warmed my heart. I agree wholeheartedly with Jones' indictments, and it is only his qualifications and caveats that give me pause. It is worth a read.
The news that Iran reached an interim agreement with the United States and other nations regarding its nuclear ambitions is news, period. It is way too soon to say this is good news. It may be dreadful news if Iran uses the next six months to put the finishing touches on its nuclear bomb or, as is more likely, plays along for a bit until the West distracts itself, and then completes its goal of building a nuclear weapon. For the moment, then, clear thinking people are well advised to view this deal with skepticism.