Today marks the 50th anniversary of the close of the Second Vatican Council. Compared to the four sessions of the council, nothing else was more significant in the entire twentieth century life of the Church. It would take a year of blog posts to share my thoughts upon the council, but today I would like to look at the reception of the council over the past fifty years and touch on what I perceive as some of the major challenges in the on-going reception of that seismic, historic and grace-filled event.
In yesterday's Washington Post, Dan Balz on the divisions within the GOP. The figure that jumped out at me was that among Republicans and Republican-leaning Independents who lack a college degree, Donald Trump garners 46% of the vote.
Distinctly Catholic: Non-Catholics -- and some Catholics, too -- might wonder how this ancient idea of a Jubilee Year remains relevant to our troubled times.
Normally, I am a fan of Peggy Noonan. But, her post at WSJ about "prayer-shaming" is bizarre. The point of the "prayer-shaming" is not to deny the efficacy of prayer, but to point out the hypocrisy of those in a position of responsibility, with power to do something about assault rifles, conveniently hiding behind prayer to mask their inaction. I agree that the other side is not much better and they could have waited before exploiting the tragedy for political gain.
A recent spate of articles demonstrates that the opposition to Pope Francis is not exactly warming to the idea of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, still less to the pope himself.
Zenit has published the full English translation of the Holy Father's interview with "Credere" in which he talks about his hopes for the year of mercy. Looks like Fridays are going to be big news days for us in the religious press corps. The money quote:
Distinctly Catholic: The killings in San Bernardino yesterday were the 355th mass shooting this year. It is the new normal.
In the New York Daily News, Charles Camosy on the rhetoric about the rhetoric in the wake of the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic over the weekend. Finally, a voice of sanity.
The Holy Father’s trip to Africa fit the pattern of his previous trips, except it seemed that pattern was on steroids. This was Francis to the nth degree and it was electric.
At Politico, Anne Krueger on the situation in Puerto Rico and the need for more federal assistance and involvement. She does a good job detailing the problems and the possibilities the island faces.