This year is the 50th anniversary of the promulgation of Gaudium et Spes, the Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World. So, just in time, three professors at Creighton University – Michael Lawler, Todd Salzman and Ellen Burke-Sullivan – have produced a book that looks at this vital, and in some ways seminal, text from Vatican II. The Church in the Modern World: Gaudium te Spes Then and Now is an important book, and accessible for a general readership, but it is also an uneven book and one with an evident bias.
LifeSiteNews is shooting to replace the game "Where's Waldo?" with a new version: "Find the mistakes in a LifeSiteNews article?" Here is their attack on Cardinal Donald Wuerl.
President Obama has long since stopped being a politician worthy of admiration. To take only the example of his signature achievement, the Affordable Care Act, Obama and his administration did a terrible job selling the proposals to the general public, stopped even trying to sell them after the law passed, and then botched the rollout. His relations with congressional leaders and world leaders, people upon whom he must rely if he is to be successful, have never been good because he has never invested the time needed in those relationships.
David Carr, sin and journalism are the themes of this remarkably insightful tribute to the late journalist by Daniel Silliman at Religion Dispatches.
Almost everything that Bishop Robert Morlino says in this interview on EWTN is unhelpful, trying to box in the pope and the synod.
Ash Wednesday: Lent is an invitation to take this prayer to heart, to sit with it in all its comprehensiveness and depth and endurance.
Remember that old ad for Almond Joy and Mounds - "Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes, you don't"? Well, that more or less characterizes the attitude of politicians to executive orders.
I almost feel sorry for the authors of a new manifesto from the conservative political group Evangelicals and Catholics Together. They could not have known that the very day they released their moralistic document asserting that same-sex marriage is a greater threat to the culture of marriage than is divorce, the pope would deliver a sermon that could not sound more different from their defensive cultural warrior text.
A new survey from the Public Religion Research Institute shows that 73% of Americans back President Obama's efforts to ameliorate the plight of undocumented immigrants. And, the GOP Congress is threatening to shut down the government unless the President's executive order gets rolled back.
It is not often that I am brought to tears by a text, but the homily Pope Francis delivered yesterday was one of those times. My colleague Joshua McElwee reported on the sermon here and you can find the full text at Vatican radio here.
Mark Silk, at RNS, is on a roll, producing some of his best and wittiest commentary ever, this time on Alabama, same-sex marriage and what makes God angry.