Over at CatholicMoralTheology.com, David Cloutier on the "libertarian default" in our culture. Powerful.
It was C. J. Reid, law professor at St. Thomas University in Minnesota who first proposed the meme of the older son in the parable of the prodigal to describe who some Catholics are reacting to Pope Francis' call for mercy. The meme has made it was to Vienna, according to this report at Vatican Insider.
A new Washington Post-ABC News poll should be a source of reflection for every Catholic, especially those in leadership. The poll indicated that among white Catholics, 44 percent thought torture was sometimes justified, and an additional 24 percent thought it was often justified. Only 17 percent said it was rarely justified and 12 percent said torture could never be justified.
As David Gibson has pointed out, it was Pope Paul VI, not Pope Francis, who said, “One day we will see our pets in the eternity of Christ.” The statement was not an exercise in the official magisterium of the Church, but it did not have to be. The sense of the faithful, at least those faithful who have dogs, knows this to be the case.
The University of Notre Dame has a journal, Church Life, that was recently called to me attention and which is worth paying attention to. Here is a link to an article by Robert Christian entitled, "Catholic Liberals and Conservatives and the Church's Personalist Communitarianism" that gives some flavor of the high quality of articles being published there.
For several years now, conservatives have been complaining about the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the U.S. bishops' anti-poverty campaign, joining in coalitions with groups that also support pro-choice and pro-gay marriage causes. I have never thought the critique had merit - it is fine to work with a group on, say, immigration reform if they hold other views with which we disagree, with very minor exceptions. Never a good idea to join forces with Holocaust deniers.
In this morning's homily, the Holy Father had some strong words for the Pharisees of our day. It is one of his best sermons yet. Pope Francis did not mention anyone by name, but I am guessing he might have this interviewee in mind. For the record, and contra Cardinal Burke, divorce is not like pedophilia. That is only one of several outrageous comments.
Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has lately been trying to change his public image. He gave an interview to Vatican Insider and another to the Tablet in which he argued that he was not a conservative culture warrior. Austen Ivereigh, who conducted the interview for the Tablet reported: “When he tells me that the ‘left of the Church’ tries to ‘interpret him against the Pope’, he is clearly pained.
Every member of Barack Obama's administration, and the entire congressional leadership of the Democratic Party, should be made to read Michael Gerson's op-ed this morning in the Washington Post. To borrow a metaphor, the Dems desperately need to acquire "the smell of the sheep" or Jonathan Gruber will be the face of the party.
WPFMTS - What Pope Francis Meant to Say - Syndrome is back and, in this instance, prepping itself for next year's anticipated encyclical on the environment. Over at CatholicCulture.org, Dr. Jeff Mirus re-phrases Pope Francis' recent message to the Climate Change conference in Peru. He completely overstates the degree to which prudential judgment is a get-out-of-jail-free card for those who do not want to do anything about climate change and, of course, understates the certainty about the threat.