In an interview with a Chicago television station, newly installed Archbishop Blase Cupich noted that the U.S. bishops' conference has already voiced support for interim measures, in the form of a presidential executive order, to ease the danger of deporting undocumented immigrants, especially when such deportations divide families. As my colleague Fr. Tom Reese, S.J.
Yesterday, I began a review of David Cloutier’s new book Walking God’s Earth: The Environment and Catholic Faith. You can read it here. Today, I will look at how Cloutier assesses the current situation.
Today, Archbishop Blase Cupich will be installed at Holy Name Cathedral as Chicago's ninth archbishop. This seems the appropriate hymn:
In this morning's Washington Post, Michael Gerson on Pope Francis. Why is it that this non-Catholic, who happens to have a generous heart and a keen insight into human nature, can grasp what the pope is all about while so many Catholic bishops seem to be struggling?
This Friday, a conference on restorative justice, and the faulty application of the death penalty, will be held at Catholic University here in Washington. The lunch speaker, Kirk Bloodsworth, is the first American sentenced to death and subsequently exonerated on DNA evidence. For more details, and to register, click here.
Our wonderful Holy Father is at it again, confronting us Christians with a searching query about our attachment to money and how it can keep us from real conversion. In this morning's homily, he said: "When conversion touches pockets, it's a certainty. Christians in heart? Yes, everyone is. Christians by blood? All of us. However, Christians with pockets, very few." Here is the full report.
In 1966, historian Lynn White delivered a paper, subsequently published under the title “The Historical Roots of Our Ecological Crisis,” which may still be the most important essay on the environment by a Christian. White argued that the command in Genesis to subdue the earth and exercise dominion over it, combined with Christianity’s otherworldly interest in individual soul salvation were the twin Western cultural fonts from which grew a legacy of environmental degradation.
Cardinal Sean O'Malley was featured on 60 Minutes last night. They also have some extras that did not make the final cut here.
The Holy Father spoke to an association of Italian doctors last week and his words could not have been more clear. Here is the lead paragraph from the Vatican Insider report: