Over at Vatican Insider, Andrea Tornielli has a good recap of the Holy Father's one day trip to Albania.
According to Politico, organizers had hoped 100,000 people would participate in yesterday's People Climate March in New York City. It is now estimated that 400,000 made the trek. This issue is just waiting for the right candidate with the right language.
Three weeks ago, I ran a series of columns on the forthcoming Synod on the Family. Then, I was out of the country for a week. Last week, I was able to have conversations with friends who had corrections and comments about that series and, as well, there have been some developments in the story. Today, I would like to take up the issue again.
Perhaps it was a coincidence. Last night, watching the fifth installment of Ken Burns’ “The Roosevelts,” Jon Meachem was explaining that, as happens at key moments in history, in FDR and Churchill, the moment had found the men it needed. Also last night, my cell phone and emails were on fire as the news broke that Bishop Blase Cupich was to be named the ninth Archbishop of Chicago. Again, the moment found the man.
This exchange between a student at the University of California at San Diego and Professor David Horowitz is chilling. You must watch until the very end. Let no one say that concerns about the rise of anti-Semitism are alarmist.
The other night I picked up Churchill’s Marlborough, His Life and Times, for bedtime reading. As I mentioned earlier, I had begun re-reading these volumes with an eye towards visiting the battlefield in Blenheim, but then could not put them down. I have been engaged with them fitfully since – too heavy to bring on a trip, other books with a claim on my more immediate attention. As luck would have it, this week got me to 1707 and the Act of Union with Scotland. The issues then were political and, largely, dynastic.
If you do not read anything else today, read this essay by Michael Gerson on euthanasia.
The people of Scotland voted yesterday to remain a part of the United Kingdom. The vote was not as close as some polls predicted, with 55% voting against independence to 45% in favor. There are lessons in the vote for us Americans and, specifically, for us American Catholics.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan has penned a defense of his decision to serve as Grand Marshal of next year's St. Patrick's Day Parade. I would point out to his critics that nowhere, not once, does +Dolan suggest he disagrees with the Church's teaching in any regard. That is not the point. What is the point, as +Dolan notes, is this: "So, while actions are immoral, identity is not!
It is not uncommon, when my liberal friends mention approvingly the name "Tobin" that they quickly add, "Indianapolis, not Providence." Yet, Bishop Tom Tobin of Providence penned a column in his diocesan paper that examines the issue of the divorced and remarried and their access to communion that genuinely surprised and delighted me.