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.
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.
For those who think that Pope Francis is not committed to fighting clergy sex abuse, or that the establishment of protocols for holding bishops accountable when they do not abide by their own zero tolerance policies, consider this headline from Vatican Insider: "No privileges for Bishop Wesolowski." Do you see the mistake? Wesolwoki is no longer a bishop. His clerical status has been stripped. But the headline writer did not feel comfortable identifying him as "Mr.
I often check Father Zuhlsdorf's blog to see what our arch-conservative friends are saying. What one encounters there is often strange to me and a bit weird. But, as the saying goes, when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro, and this post is weird at almost every level.
A dominant meme has emerged in the media about the appointment of Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich as the next Archbishop of Chicago, succeeding Cardinal Francis George. The meme is that the great liberal +Cupich is replacing mean, conservative Cardinal George. This meme does a disservice to both men and misunderstands the Church and her mission.
Conservative critics of Georgetown University have called upon Cardinal Donald Wuerl to mount a canonical investigation of the school with a view towards stripping it of its Catholic affiliation. Last night, at a ceremony in storied Gaston Hall, Cardinal Wuerl received an honorary degree from the school. I have my issues with Georgetown.