At CNS, a report on the visit by Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to meet with administration and congressional leaders. There is a lot of movement on the issue of Puerto Rico's debt crisis, but so far, no concrete action. The religious leaders on the island are united in an effort to prevent austerity measures that would disproportionately harm the poor.
Last Monday night, I began writing my rebuttal to a post at First Things which, among other things, alleged that the synod was essentially rigged, a charge also made by Edward Pentin of the National Catholic Register. The next morning, lo and behold, the Holy Father made a rare intervention in the synod, denouncing a “hermeneutic of conspiracy,” and I posted my finished blog rebutting the conspiracy theorists. To be clear: Pope Francis and I are not in cahoots!
In the LATimes, Charlie Camosy on how that state's new physician assisted suicide law goes against its vaunted "progressive" principles. His opening comparison with the NRA is brilliant. I am heartsick that Gov. Jerry Brown signed this horrible law.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane, Australia, has some very thoughtful posts up about the synod.
Yesterday, I looked at the mess the Republican Party has on its hands in Congress. Alas, that is a walk in the park compared to the catastrophe that is the GOP presidential nominating contest so far.
I have enjoyed my “fortnight of freedom” from writing about politics, concentrating on the papal visit, the Kim Davis mess, and then the synod. But, time waits for no man and for no blogger, and a lot has happened in the political realm in the past couple of weeks.
At Politico, the long, astonishingly silly, shadow of Norman Vincent Peale extends to Donald Trump. The author unaccountably leaves out the fact that NVP was a leading Nativist of his day, virulently anti-Catholic, and opposed the candidacy of John F. Kennedy on those grounds, all of which may have something to do with Trump's nativism.
Last year, when conservative synod fathers opposing any change in Church practice were not busy denouncing the manipulation of the synod via the media, they were busy manipulating the synod via the media. It was almost comic. By a rough estimate, three-quarters of the leaks coming from the synod discussions all came from the right. This year, they have upped the ante.
In this morning's Washington Post, Rachel Weiner on Speaker John Boehner's dedication to Catholic schools in the District. DC's non-voting representative to Congress, Eleanor Holmes Norton, makes one of the dumber comments, saying, "I can understand his devotion to Catholic schools, but the point here ought to be what is in the best interest of the District's children." Ms. Norton - get a clue.
The Holy Father opened the Synod on the Family yesterday. My colleague Joshua McElwee has a report on Pope Francis’ sermon at the Mass which was, unsurprisingly, very powerful, calling the synod fathers and the entire Church to cling to what we have been taught, both what Christ revealed about God’s mercy and what He revealed about God’s will for marriage and the family.
The Holy See's statement this morning about the pope's meeting with Kim Davis raises two questions. First, how do you say "blindsided" in Italian? Second, what is the idiomatic expression in Italian for "to throw someone under the bus"?