Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone spoke at a rally organized by the National Organzation for Marriage yesterday. His appearance there provoked controversy even before the event happened, with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urging the archbishop, who is also he local ordinary in Sam Francisco, not to attend the event.
According to a Mexican newspaper, if Pope Francis comes to the US next year for the World Family Day, he is considering a trip to the US-Mexican border as well. I wonder if George Weigel and Nicholas Hahn will accuse him of an act of political theater!
From the Guardian, the story of Mohammed Dajani, a Palestinian professor who tried to encourage better understanding among Palestinians and Israelis by leading a group of his students on a trip to Auschwitz. He resigned last week under pressure and after receiving death threats. The death threats did not come from Israelis.
Yesterday, I looked at the issue of polarization in our nation’s politics. Today, I should like to consider the equally challenging issue of polarization within the Church.
Let’s start with the most frightening finding from the Pew study released last week. The authors of the report state:
Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux, writing at the American Prospect, has a great article up about the Becket Fund. Fair and balanced.
The Presbyterian General Assembly is meeting in Detroit and one of their agenda items is to discuss divesting from Israel. Ugh. What they should do is NOT listen to Archbishop Desmond Tutu whose comments are incendiary.
Peter Berkowitz, writing at RealClearPolitics, argues that Israel should continue to help the Palestinian Authority create the infrastructure needed to sustain its population, and continue to shrink the number of checkpoints in the West Bank. Sounds like a plan. Along the way, Berkowitz corrects some misapprehensions about what is actually going on in the West Bank.
Last night, in her “town hall meeting” on CNN, Hillary Rodham Clinton was asked about gun violence in schools. She said we need a conversation about gun laws. It was a classic dodge: When a politician does not want to come clean with what they really think, they call for a “national conversation” on the topic at hand.
The text of Paul Griffiths' plenary address at the CTSA convention has now been posted at CatholicMoralTheology.com.
I am pretty sure the editors of the Wall Street Journal would be disinclined to endorse Pope Francis' call for international regulation of markets via state action, to promote impact investment. Yet, that is just what he called for yesterday in speaking to a meeting at the Vatican on the theme "Investing in the Poor," which was organized, in part, by the University of Notre Dame. The pope said: