On November 14, 1962 the Second Vatican Council began its consideration of the text, De Fontibus, the proposed schema, drafted before the start of the Council by the Roman curia and its theologians, on the subject of divine revelation. As the title indicates, the text repeated the classic Roman understanding of revelation as springing from two sources, Scripture and Tradition, and it generally followed the standard line, ignoring many of the theological advances of the past decades.
This morning's Washington Post on Kansas Governor Sam Brownback's rocky road to re-election. The most important item in the article? In the last quarter, Brownback raised only about half as much as his challenger, Democrat Paul Davis.
Vatican Insider has the story about a wealthy businesswoman in Malta, Regina Catracombe, who has bought a ship to rescue immigrants making the treacherous journey from Africa to Europe in the choppy waters of the Mediterranean Sea. Her inspiration? Pope Francis.
It is hard to know what to make of yesterday’s bizarre inability by GOP House leaders to pass a bill aimed at dealing with the crisis at the border. For weeks on end, they have been talking about the increase in the number of unaccompanied children fleeing to this country as if it were an existential threat to the nation. They urged action. But, then, when the moment to act came, Speaker John Boehner could not corral enough votes to pass a bill.
You would think that even in dysfunctional DC, a bipartisan resolution honoring Pope Francis would be an easy lift. You would be wrong. Republicans fret the pope sounds too much like Obama, which is crazy by the way, and only 19 GOP House members have signed on to co-sponsor the resolution.
The Africa Faith & Justice Network is planning a peaceful protest on behalf of human rights and good governance, in conjunction with the U.S.-Africa Summit, next Wednesday at the State Department. For more information, click here.
Yesterday, reading Archbishop John Nienstedt’s defiant statement of his intention to carry on as the Archbishop of St. Paul, my thoughts drifted back to May 1940. I know the limits of analogies between the political sphere and the religious, but in this case, the focus is on leadership, its exercise, and the dangerous way that some leaders misperceive their own situations.
The current issue of the Tablet (London, not Brooklyn) has a cover story about the succession in Chicago by someone you all know.
Over at Catholicmoraltheology.com, Tobias Winright and Jackie Turvey Tait apply just war principles to the conflict in Gaza. A thoughtful, non-inflammatory analysis, which is not so easy to find these days.
The impeachment buzz swirling around Washington is but the latest example of the strange, symbiotic relationship that exists between the two parties’ extremes, a relationship that is always especially strong in the run up to a midterm election. Midterm elections are marked by low turnout, and angry people vote. Hence, the impeachment talk.