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Synod on the Family, Part II


One of the hot button issues that is sure to provoke controversy at, and after, the Synod on the Family is the Church’s teaching and pastoral practice regarding gays and lesbians. It is a difficult and complicated issue to be sure, and different cultures deal with homosexuality in vastly different ways. In what follows, I will address only the situation of the Church in the West.

Kudos to EWTN


Last night, on "EWTN News Nightly," they ran a segment for Labor Day that highlighted, not just the Church's commitment to the dignity of work, but also the Church's historic support for organized labor. They even interviewed a woman from the American Federation of Teachers, not my favorite union, but nonetheless it was refreshing to see such a person on EWTN. Much of the broadcasting at EWTN strikes me as tendentious, but they deserve kudos for not ducking or downplaying the Church's commitment to labor. 

How to Avoid Another Argentina Foreign Debt Crisis


Our friends at Jubilee USA have been working with a group of banks and investors to devise proposed reforms that would prevent a repeat of the Argentine foreign debt showdown with the vulture funds that epitomize everything that is evil in current capitalist practice. The other day, I mentioned that some of our friends on the right try and draw too stark of a contrast between moral principles and prudential judgment.

Mercy, Part II


Yesterday, I began a discussion of Cardinal Walter Kasper’s book Mercy: The Essence of the Gospel and the Key to Christian Life. Today, I continue the discussion beginning with Kasper’s treatment of mercy in the New Testament. My reason for undertaking this assignment is simple: Many have voiced their disquiet, or worse, at Kasper’s talk to the cardinals at the consistory in February, in which he addressed the family, and this prior book of his seems to me essential reading for anyone who tries to wrestle with that talk.


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