At the Daily Maverick, Russell Pollitt has a very fine analysis of Pope Francis' vision, and why he will likely continue to frustrate ideologues of both left and right by insisting on the very Ignatian need for discernment.
“Elections have consequences.” This truism is acknowledged by both winners and losers in the wake of an election, as they survey the changed political landscape. Unfortunately, for about half a dozen elections now, there is one group of people for whom no election seems to have consequences, the 11 million undocumented immigrants who currently live in the United States. Win or lose, their plight is never sufficient to coerce the nation’s politicians into effective action.
CUA Public Affairs has posted the video of Cardinal Walter Kasper's talk at the university last week. Click here.
Maryland Governor, and Catholic University alum, Martin O'Malley will be giving a speech at Catholic University this afternoon at 5 p.m. O'Malley is the second potential presidential aspirant to speak as part of the policy series sponsored by the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies. After the governor's talk, a panel of experts will examine the ideas he presents. You can find more details and register here.
Distinctly Catholic: With the bishops, politics are submerged, as if it were the height of bad manners to admit what everyone can sense in the room.
I noted that some of our bishops continually note, in a neo-Pelagian way, that if people lived their lives in accordance with the Church's teachings on marriage and family life, they would be more successful and prosperous. But, the relationship is a two way street. This article at Bloomberg explains how current economic conditions make it harder for families to form and stay together.
Today, the bishops start with regional meetings. Then, later this morning, they move into Executive Session which is, of course, closed to the press. Yesterday afternoon, at the end of the public sessions, the staff started closing down the media room with alarming quickness. It was almost as if they could not wait for us to go. It hurt my feelings.
Archbishop Thomas Wenski just gave a great presentation on some social science research the USCCB has done on Catholic attitudes on a range of issues. He did not hold back. For example, he pointed out that young Catholics reject the "Hate the sin but love the sinner" language, believing it is just a more complicated way of hating the sinner.
Over at Politico, a profile of Sen. James Inhofe of Oklahoma, incoming chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works who, it turns out, is one of the chief deniers of climate change science in the country, not just in the Senate.
The USCCB elected two new board members for CLINIC, the Catholic Legal Immigration Network. Bishop Edgar deCunha of Fall River won on the first ballot, and Bishop Martin Holley, auxiliary of Washington, won on a tie breaker, over Bishop Anthony Taylor of Little Rock, by a margin of 52% to 48%.
For election to the board of directors of Catholic Relief Services, the five members elected were Archbishop George Lucas of Omaha, Bishop Kevin Rhoades of Ft. Wayne-South Bend, Bishop Ed Burns of Juneau, Bishop Felipe Estevez of St. Augustine, and Archbishop Thomas Wenski of Miami.