Next week, I will run a series of curtain raisers for the Synod on the Family, to be held in Rome this autumn. The center of discussion in advance of the Synod has so far been dominated by Cardinal Walter Kasper’s talk to the cardinals at the February consistory.
Check out the video of last week's episode of "The World Over" with Raymond Arroyo. At minute 44:00, he begins an interview with Bill Donohue, head of the Catholic League. Among other subjects, Donohue discusses the situation of Bishop Robert Finn and accuses NCR, among others, of leading the charge against Bishop Finn because he is an orthodox bishop.
At Politico, Larry Sabato, one of the most thoughtful analysts of American politics, and some colleagues of his look at the prospects for a GOP wave this autumn.
At the Acton Institute's "PowerBlog," the power is not exactly intellectual. They have a post up by Anthony Bradley in which he tells of his summertime sojourn in colonial Williamsburg and specifically his visit to Bruton Parish church.
Recently, Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia gave a talk at the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL). As someone who has not been shy about criticizing Archbishop Chaput, it gives me great pleasure to commend this talk to my readers.
Just as in the U.S. speculation about who is going to be the next Archbishop of Chicago has dominated the realm of ecclesiastical gossip, in Spain the question of who will be going to Madrid has been the leading topic of conversation. A Spanish newspaper is reporting that the Holy See has informed the government that Archbishop Carlos Osoro, presently in Valencia, has gotten the nod.
E.J. Dionne, in this morning's Washington Post, on the trend among Democrats to embrace the good Obamacare does, while avoiding the toxic name. He rightly notes that the administration did a lousy sales job, and botched the rollout, but it turns out that over 500,000 people in Kentucky now have insurance they would otherwise not have, and Arkansas has seen its rate of uninsured cut in half.
The White House issued yet another iteration of its still controversial contraception mandate on Friday. The most important tweaks to the rule were two. First, religious non-profits, such as charities, universities and hospitals, no longer are expected to fill out a form that is sent to their insurer, who then arranges for the coverage and, instead, these non-profits can merely notify the Department of Health and Human Services which will then arrange for the coverage.
At RealClearReligion, my old pal Fr. Robert Sirico is upset about many things, but he thinks there is biblical justification for the idea that corporations are people too, noting that both Adam and Jesus evidence a corporate personality insofar as they stand for all humankind. Setting aside the vulgarity of the comparison, I would ask Fr. Sirico a question: Are those bishops who have declared bankruptcy guilty of murder?
Thanks to a faithful reader for sending me this link to an article published at Brookings by Christopher Parker on why the House GOP won't pass immigration reform - and it has nothing to do with law and order concerns about border security.