This morning, Monsignor Lorenzo Albacete died. I will have a fuller tribute to this most remarkable man and priest on Monday. But, as soon as I learned this crushing news, I knew I had to re-read an article he wrote in the NYTimes. There, he wrote: "The roots of grief arise from a wound deeper than the psychological or the cultural. It is at that level in ourselves where we decide what we can or cannot expect of life, what is just or unjust, what is the purpose and value of our existence." The roots of grief go very far down this morning. I had expected from life more time with Lorenzo.
Heading to the airport to catch a flight to Kansas City for NCR's 50th anniversary celebration. I can scarcely say how proud I am to be associated with NCR and with all the talented people who produce what is clearly the liveliest webpage in the Catholic blogosphere.
I had hoped to have a book review ready to run today, so I could post in advance, but I am not done with the book yet! So, I am taking the day off and, now, so are you faithful readers of Distinctly Catholic! See you on Monday.
"It sounds like you have a wild man over there...."
A beautiful reflection by Jason Welle, SJ, at Millennial. The issue of physician-assisted suicide is not going away and it should be a point on which progressives and Catholics can stand together against the libertarian sensibility that pushes for euthanasia as the best way to cope with an aging population. Human dignity and love is a better way to honor our elders.
If you live in a state with a competitive Senate or House race, you are probably already tired of clicking past the campaign ads that are now swamping the nation’s television screens. The hope that TiVo and other devices would minimize campaign advertising has not come to fruition. And, in the post-Citizens United world of campaign spending and contributions, there is not just more and more advertising but more and more of it is negative.
The National Catholic Register has published an interview by Edward Pentin with Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the USCCB and a synod father. I am glad they printed the questions, not just +Kurtz's answers. The questions are all edgy, trying to bait the archbishop into providing fodder for divisiveness. To his great credit, +Kurtz does not take the bait and provides nuanced responses. Good for him.
Archbishop Charles Chaput aligned himself with Cardinal Raymond Burke on Monday night as a severe critic of the Synod on the Family. According to this news reports from David Gibson at RNS, +Chaput was asked about the synod at a First Things symposium, and replied: “I was very disturbed by what happened” at the synod.