Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas posted a haunting statement from the Mexican bishops, 90 years ago, as they announced the cessation of public worship on account of the persecution of the Church. The ecclesiology of that statement may reflect duress, but it also points to something the Second Vatican Council would emphasize: All the baptized are charged with care for the Church and not just the clergy.
Distinctly Catholic: At the first joint campaign event with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton vowed to pursue several of the policies he supported, and she specifically mentioned the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Distinctly Catholic: A group of 45 "scholars, prelates and clergy" have sent an appeal to the world's cardinals, asking them to implore Pope Francis to correct what they deem to be "erroneous propositions" in Amoris Laetitia.
The Christian Science Monitor kicks off a seven part series looking at the relationship of gay rights issues and religious liberty issues. A lot of the usual posturing but Tom Berg is the voice of reason and sanity in the article. Sadly, his is a lonely voice.
At Commonweal, Patrick Whelan reviews Scott Simon's memoir of his mother.
Here at NCR, and in line with my post this morning, Tom Gallagher on Archbishop Cupich's recourse to mediation as a means of resolving sex abuse claims at his prior posting in Spokane.
Distinctly Catholic: The appointment of Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich to the Congregation for Bishops certainly caused a stir yesterday. As a columnist, let me note today why it is consequential.
My colleague Tom Roberts reported last week about the Public Religion Research Institute's new study. In light of Mr. Trump's repeated praise for Saddam Hussein's handling of terrorism, which is wrong on the facts, it is good to look at the numbers in the PRRI survey regarding fears about Islam. They are not happy numbers.
Yesterday, I wrote about the guidelines for the implementation of Amoris Laetitia issued by Archbishop Charles Chaput for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. I took issue with some of the guidelines as not being true to the text of Amoris, and for not recognizing the consensus that was achieved at two synods but stating the minority view as if it had prevailed.