Bishop Thomas Olmsted of Phoenix issued a pastoral letter to the men of his diocese, with the opening subheading "A Call to Battle." So, the culture wars are on, at least in Phoenix. Who talks like this? This time last year, there was a rumor that +Olmsted was going to be the next archbishop of Chicago, but that rumor picked the wrong former rector of the Josephinum.
Distinctly Catholic: Yesterday when news broke about the meeting between Pope Francis and Kim Davis, I received more emails and phone calls than during any day of this papacy.
At RNS, Mark Silk looks at the papal trip. Everything he wrote is still true, despite the ridiculous interpretations of what the meeting with Kim Davis did or did not mean. Before anyone over-interprets that meeting, let's all stop and try to find out how it came to pass.
Distinctly Catholic: Let's look at what the Francis effect could mean for our broader political and cultural life, here in the U.S. and globally.
Here is a link to the remarks Cardinal Peter Turkson made at Boston College's seminar on Laudato Si'. The money quote:
Yesterday, I looked back at what, for me, were some of the key quotes from Pope Francis’ visit and why I thought they were significant. Today, I look forward: What does the visit mean for the Church in the U.S., for the wider culture and, lastly, for the global discussion about the environment, development and war.
The commentary on Pope Francis' visit to the U.S. ranges from the good to the bad to the ugly.
My colleague Tom Roberts appeared on C-Span to discuss Pope Francis' address to Congress.
At Bloomberg News, Melinda Henneberger on why conservatives should embrace the pope's highlighting of radical Dorothy Day.
To say that the past six days were stunning suffers from understatement. It will take time for all of us to reflect upon the Holy Father’s many talks, and perhaps even longer to assess what impact his words will have on the Church and the culture. But, by way of a wrap-up, here are some of the key quotes from this wonderful week, and why I think they speak to the essence of Pope Francis’ ministry, reflecting conscious choices about how to address certain issues.
Pope Francis may have been preaching to the hundreds of thousands filling the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, but his words were directed to the participants in the upcoming synod, which begins next weekend.
More important than the words, although the words were beautiful, what most strikes me today about the Holy Father's meeting with prisoners in Philadelphia was the look of compassion and genuine interest on his face as he walked along the rows on inmates, bending down to shake their hands. He was engaged. These are his people. I could not help but compare the look on his face today with the more somber, formal, dare one say uninterested facial expression the pope could scarcely conceal as he was introduced to the fat cats of Wall Street last Thursday night at St. Patrick's Cathedral.