Saturday, When Pope Francis conferred the red hat on Blase Cupich, Kevin Farrell and Joe Tobin, he inaugurated a new day for the church in the United States.
Distinctly Catholic: While reading Mathew Schmalz's book, one catches glimpses of spiritual insight which reveal the way mercy is the foundation of any authentic Christian spirituality.
Distinctly Catholic: Mercy Matters: Opening yourself to the Life-giving Gift is not the kind of book I normally review because it is not the kind of book I normally read.
At First Things, Michael Novak delivers his sigh of relief about the loss of Hillary Clinton. It is appalling.
Distinctly Catholic: At a time when the country desperately needs a strong moral voice, the USCCB is fretting about things that don't matter and tepidly addressing the things that do.
At Commonweal, Tony Annett analyzes the election results and assesses the blame.
Distinctly Catholic: Archbishop Joseph Kurtz's last presidential address as leader of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, like his tenure, was a missed opportunity.
Our Republican friends went in to a hissy fit when someone, not a Catholic, emailed John Podesta calling for reforms in the Catholic Church. There were other emails among Catholics who worked for Clinton that reflected the kind of conversation you hear over coffee in the church hall in many parishes. But, this, we were told, was "outrageous" and "offensive." Archbishop Kurtz even issued a statement and made a video denouncing the emails.
Distinctly Catholic: On issue after issue, the Holy Father has set forward a moral vision for the church and that vision could scarcely be more different from that offered by the president elect.
At Whispers, Archbishop Jose Gomez delivers a strong defense of immigrants and shares his worries about the fears that have been stoked in that community. This is a good sign that the bishops intend to fight any severe anti-immigrant proposals but it must be pointed out: This might have been more usefully said BEFORE the election.