I'm deleting requests for money from groups I value -- Amnesty International, Coalition for the Environment, Nonviolent Peaceforce, I could go on. You could go on. We can't give to everything. Most people give to about five groups. That's me.
Pope Francis on Tuesday set aside the normal process for canonizing a saint and extended sainthood to arguably his favorite Jesuit, Fr. Peter Faber.
I have been both saddened and mystified by the reaction from some quarters in Washington after the United States joined five other nations to make a deal with Iran that would begin to curtail its ability to make nuclear weapons. It's a six-month deal, hopefully a step toward a long-range agreement.
A press release this morning from the U.S. bishops' conference informs us that Marquette, Mich., has a new bishop*:
Pope Names Green Bay, Wisconsin Priest Bishop of Marquette, Michigan
December 17, 2013
John Allen in Rome: What do "Francis bishops" look like? Yesterday's appointments to the Congregation for Bishops are telling.
News about Pope Francis continues to flow at such a torrid pace that it's hard to digest one development before the next one hits. His Dec. 15 blockbuster interview with La Stampa is a case in point, with a shake-up at the Congregation for Bishops 24 hours later making it already seem ancient history.
"How Sherlock Changed the World"
9 p.m. EST Tuesday, PBS (Check local listings)
For fans of Sherlockology, this two-hour BBC documentary will confirm the belief that Sherlock Holmes is the greatest and most influential detective in history, even if he is a fictional character created by a Scottish eye-doctor-turned-writer, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930).
This looks like an easy one. We're in Catholic U. stadium. Evangelii Gaudium at the plate with runners aboard. Fusion Koch Brothers on the Mound.
Here comes a fat pitch, juicy rich. A gift, you'd say, to old CU. Meant to raise crops of new entrepreneurs who could emulate their benefactors' right wing passions.
But first the Fusion must get past Evangelii Gaudium, a new star on the horizon who purportedly doesn't cotton to the Fusion's tactics which are rumored to include curve balls doctored with spit. A loud rooting section cheers EG on, booing the Koch team.
Cardinal Raymond Burke, an influential Catholic prelate who until Monday served on the Vatican congregation advising Pope Francis on who to appoint as bishops around the world, has said in an interview he does not understand why the pope does not focus more on opposing abortion.
Burke, an American who still serves as the head of the Vatican's highest court, also said in an EWTN interview he does not think Francis' recent apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium ("The Joy of the Gospel") can be considered official teaching of the church.