Yesterday I was discussing, with my favorite conservative priest friend, canon lawyer Ed Peters' latest post, in which he pours cold water on a suggestion from Milan's Cardinal Angelo Scola about potential ways of reforming the annulment process. +Scola is not enamored of the proposals from Cardinal Kasper, but he is clearly seeking a way forward, a bridge between the two sides, which is a good thing for a bishop to be doing.
Bishop Daniel Flores publishes some beautiful reflections on his webpage. This one, on loving the Cross, is truly beautiful (h/t to Rocco)
Christian Smith, who teaches sociology at the Univeristy of Notre Dame, has just published a new book that is sure to cause a furor. The Sacred Project of American Sociology will not only anger many sociologists in the U.S., which Smith foresees, but the books implications for the current state of much of liberal education are obvious and it will, hopefully, cause a dust-up beyond the sociology departments of the nation’s campuses.
For those who think that Pope Francis is not committed to fighting clergy sex abuse, or that the establishment of protocols for holding bishops accountable when they do not abide by their own zero tolerance policies, consider this headline from Vatican Insider: "No privileges for Bishop Wesolowski." Do you see the mistake? Wesolwoki is no longer a bishop. His clerical status has been stripped. But the headline writer did not feel comfortable identifying him as "Mr.
I often check Father Zuhlsdorf's blog to see what our arch-conservative friends are saying. What one encounters there is often strange to me and a bit weird. But, as the saying goes, when the going gets weird, the weird turn pro, and this post is weird at almost every level.
A dominant meme has emerged in the media about the appointment of Archbishop-elect Blase Cupich as the next Archbishop of Chicago, succeeding Cardinal Francis George. The meme is that the great liberal +Cupich is replacing mean, conservative Cardinal George. This meme does a disservice to both men and misunderstands the Church and her mission.
Conservative critics of Georgetown University have called upon Cardinal Donald Wuerl to mount a canonical investigation of the school with a view towards stripping it of its Catholic affiliation. Last night, at a ceremony in storied Gaston Hall, Cardinal Wuerl received an honorary degree from the school. I have my issues with Georgetown.
More wisdom from the Holy Father's morning homilies. Vatican Insider has the full readout; here is the money quote:
Pope Francis today named Australian theologian Tracey Rowland to the International Theological Commission. I have never met Rowland, but am deeply indebted to her book "Ratzinger's Faith," for helping me to understand, appreciate, and love the theology of Pope Benedict XVI. I reviewed that book in three parts, here, here and here.