In this morning's Washington Post, E.J. Dionne wonders how often Yeats' poem "The Second Coming" will be quoted in this election cycle: "The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." Of course, this begs a different question: What affect will Pope Francis have on public discourse seeing as he meets most people's criteria of "the best" and he is full of conviction!
Samuel Gregg, Research Director at the Acton Institute, has decided to cast aspersions upon the consistent ethic of life, articulated most famously by the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and re-proposed in recent weeks by +Bernardin’s successor, Archbishop Blase Cupich. Gregg’s essay warrants a reply.
Over at CatholicMoralTheology.com, Allesandro Rovati, of Belmont Abbey College, looks at t he theology of Laudato Si' which, interestingly, has gotten less commentary than the politics. We need more such theological analyzes of this text such as Rovati provides, but this is a very good start. I would give equal attention to the invitation to look at everything through the lens of the Incarnation as through the lens of the Resurrection, but that is a small quibble and the one implies the other.
Yesterday, I linked to Mark Silk’s column at RNS in which he pushed back against the cultural meme, currently coming for the most part from the bleachers on the right, that we are all going to hell in a handbasket. He quotes an Episcopalian pastor, Rev. Andrew Petirpin, to that effect:
Mark Silk at RNS, makes a convincing case that ours are not the worst of times, despite what the naysayers and doom-mongers claim.
The chirothecoe are coming off. Last week, Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago published an op-ed in the Chicago Tribune about the outrage sparked by the release of undercover videos of Planned Parenthood officials discussing the dismemberment of unborn children in order to harvest their organs. Not everyone was happy with what the archbishop had to say, specifically this paragraph:
Filed under "Tone Matters," Detroit's Archbishop Allen Vigneron finds a better way to discuss the needs and hopes of gay and lesbian people. The Detroit Free Press has the story.
At Time magazine, Christopher Hale on John Kasich as the GOP's "Pope Francis candidate."
Today I will conclude my three-part series of quotes from James Bratt’s Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat. I am sure other readers would have highlighted different passages, but the selections I have made touch on themes that regularly fill this blog.
For example, in the chapter entitled “Theologian of the Church,” Bratt explains Kuyper’s resistance to modernizing trends in theology, and his insistence on the core tenets of Calvinism. Bratt writes:
Yesterday, I began running quotes from James Bratt’s Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat. We got through his early years as a pastor and his first years in politics, his visit to Brighton where he encountered the Holiness movement and U.S.-style evangelicalism. Today, we will start with his early efforts as an organizer, a task in which he excelled.
Recently, I read James Bratt’s Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat.