Links for 09/02/15

by Michael Sean Winters

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At Vatican Insider, an account of the funeral of Josef Wesolowski, the former archbishop nuncio who was defrocked because of child sex abuse. This was a tricky situation, but it seems to me the Holy See struck all the right notes: The rite was that used for a member of the laity, there were prayers for the victims as well as for the former prelate's soul, and, most astonishingly, in lieu of a sermon, the presider invited the congregation to reflect in silence on the mystery of God's mercy and then sat down for ten minutes of silence. 

At RNS, Mark Silk on the new conservative ideology: "No Pathism." I had not thought to link these disparate issues as Silk does, but he is absolutely right. 

In this morning's Washington Post, Mary Jordan on "the Pope Francis Effect" in the Latino community. 

In his blog, Cardinal Sean O'Malley reprints remarks he made at the 400th anniversary of the foundation of the Capuchin order in Westphalia. I had heard the story about him, as a young novice, beating a nun with a broom while shouting "Animal! animal!" at her, but it never gets old. 

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