Archbishop Vigano’s talk to the bishops opened the USCCB meeting. Interestingly, he focused much of the talk on young people and the need for the Church to reach out to them.
Distinctly Catholic: The agenda appears sleep-inducing, but already, one has the sense that the bishops are not thrilled about the perception that they are hostile to Pope Francis.
In this morning's Bolletino, the announcement makes it official: Cardinal Raymond Burke has been named Patron of the Order of Malta. Archbishop Dominique Mamberti, currently the Vatican's "foreign minister," will replace +Burke as prefect of the Apostolic Signatura. The position of Patron of the the Order of Malta is usually given to a retired cardinal, or as a second task to an active cardinal. It has almost no responsibilities.
The USCCB sent out a tweet linking Pope's Francis' warning about the temptation to want to come down from the Cross to their fight for religious liberty. You can see the tweet here. First, the Holy Father used that warning in an entirely different context. Second, call me overly sensitive, but at a time when Christians are actually being crucified in Iraq, I think invoking the Cross to shore up support for the religious liberty struggle here in the U.S. is offensive.
Catholic University's School of Business & Economics will be co-hosting a conference next Monday with the Acton Institute. The topic will be the relationship between religious and economic liberty, about which the only interesting question is whether the devotees of Ayn Rand at Acton are trying to jump on the religious liberty bandwagon, or vice-versa. Either way, teaming up with the Acton Institute raises some serious issues about the Catholic identity of the only university in the U.S. owned by the bishops.
The latest frontline in the culture wars has come into focus: In the face of decisions by Catholic universities to extend health care benefits to those who have contracted same-sex, civil marriages, some bishops and some commentators are digging trenches, bringing up the mortars, and lobbing shells. The whole thing puts one in mind of the Western Front in World War I.
One of the ways Democrats can overcome their difficulties during midterm elections is to stop antagonizing pro-life Democrats. That is the message of Kristen Day, head of Democrats for Life.
In this morning's Washington Post:
Brittany Maynard’s death is the very stuff of tragedy. A young woman afflicted by an inoperable cancer. A law that offers a “remedy” in the form of physician-assisted suicide. A culture that deludes us into thinking we can, and therefore should, “die on our own terms,” when, obviously, if the terms were ours, we would avoid death altogether. And, the most basic tragedy: a young woman, loved and loving, is no more, the tragedy of death in all its abysmal loneliness.
Over at CatholicMoralTheology.com, Charlie Camosy looks at the politics of the pro-life movement in the wake of yesterday's results. He rightly urges pro-life Dems to work with pro-life Republicans to forge a broad-based consensus around policies that limit abortion, as opposed to shooting for personhood amendments that continue to go down to defeat even in the most conservative of states.