A fascinating story at Vatican Insider on the position held by then-Fr. Joseph Ratzinger on the subject of divorce and remarried Catholics receiving communion.
Fordham theologian, and New Jersey resident, Charles Camosy has an op-ed in the Star-Ledger on some of the reasons the New Jersey Senate and Governor should not follow the House in passing a bill on physician assisted suicide.
President Obama will sign an executive order that will affect some 5 million undocumented immigrants, shielding them from deportation. As the president noted in announcing his executive order last night, he does not have the legal authority to grant these 5 million people a pathway to citizenship or even access to a green card. Republicans decided to go ballistic, accusing the president of an unconstitutional over-reach.
Pope Francis spoke to the UN conference on nutrition in Rome today. Here is the money quote:
Two Palestinian terrorists attacked a synagogue in Jerusalem this week, killing five people, including four rabbis. I hope all those who regularly complain about the plight of the Palestinian people will reflect deeply on this atrocity. If, as we are told, the Palestinians really object to the security barrier that separates parts of the West Bank from parts of Israel, or what will surely be Israel in any reasonable two-state solution, killing people in a Jerusalem synagogue does not encourage the Israeli government to think twice about the barrier.
In an interview with a Chicago television station, newly installed Archbishop Blase Cupich noted that the U.S. bishops' conference has already voiced support for interim measures, in the form of a presidential executive order, to ease the danger of deporting undocumented immigrants, especially when such deportations divide families. As my colleague Fr. Tom Reese, S.J.
Yesterday, I began a review of David Cloutier’s new book Walking God’s Earth: The Environment and Catholic Faith. You can read it here. Today, I will look at how Cloutier assesses the current situation.
Today, Archbishop Blase Cupich will be installed at Holy Name Cathedral as Chicago's ninth archbishop. This seems the appropriate hymn:
In this morning's Washington Post, Michael Gerson on Pope Francis. Why is it that this non-Catholic, who happens to have a generous heart and a keen insight into human nature, can grasp what the pope is all about while so many Catholic bishops seem to be struggling?