The consultant advising on security and logistics for the papal visit in Philadelphia sure sounds like an unpleasant person in this story at Philly.com. He seems to think that Camden is a parking lot. (h/t to Rocco)
Barry Hudock has a new book out Struggle, Condemnation, Vindication: John Courtney Murray’s Journey toward Vatican II. As Hudock points out in his introduction, it has been nearly forty years since the last book length treatment of the imbroglio into which Murray plunged in the years before the Council, new archival material is available, and the tale is a kind of “theological adventure story.”
In this morning's Washington Post, a story about how the economic difficulties - and the drought - in Puerto Rico are increasing the number of Boricuas moving to Florida where they can vote in a presidential race. The Puerto Rican vote along the I-4 corridor has been key in several recent elections and, now, it may be decisive.
CORRECTION: The article below originally stated that the event took place at the Chicago Theological Union. In fact, it took place at the Chicago Theological Seminary, which is not a Catholic institution. I regret the error and apologize for the mistaken identification. The Catholic Theological Union, which is based in Chicago and is commonly referred to as CTU, was not connected to this event.
Cardinal William Baum has gone to God. Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord. Here is a link to Cardinal Donald Wuerl's statement. With Cardinal Baum's death, Pope Emeritus Benedict is now the only person left who was made a cardinal by blessed Pope Paul VI, and the only cardinal-elector left who participated in the 1978 conclave that elected Pope John Paul II.
The name of the SuperPAC launched to promote the presidential candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton in advance of her official entry into the race was called “Ready for Hillary.” And, there is no doubt that a large number of Democrats truly were ready for Hillary, including longtime Clintonistas, those who think it is simply time to have a woman president, those disillusioned by President Obama, and those who, for whatever reason, see leadership qualities in Mrs. Clinton that they believe suit her for the job she now seeks.
At the National Catholic Register, Msgr. Stuart Swetland gives "one cheer" for the Iran nuclear deal. When you read the piece, it is more like two cheers, maybe even two-and-one-half. As Msgr. points out, the alternatives are all worse than the deal that was struck, even though the deal is, like all such negotiated deals, imperfect.
The Archdiocese of Washington launched a new campaign yesterday called “Walk with Francis.” Designed to coordinate with the Holy Father’s upcoming visit to the United States, Catholics and non-Catholics alike are invited to pledge themselves to “walk the walk” and not merely “talk the talk,” not only nodding in agreement with the pope but making sure we are ourselves engaged in following the Lord with joy in our hearts, and communicating that joy to others.
At Faith Street, John Gehring on the radicalness of Pope Francis and why if you think he is a liberal, you have missed what he is all about.
Ever since the killing of nine African-Americans at Mother Emanuel church in Charleston, South Carolina, the nation has been focused on removing the symbols of the Confederacy. It is a good thing that the Confederate battle flag was taken down from the grounds of the Capitol in South Carolina, but that is not enough to heal the nation’s racial tensions. There was no Confederate battle flag flying in West Baltimore where riots broke out earlier this year, nor in Chicago where eleven African-Americans were slain in violence over the 4th of July weekend.