Over at Religion & Politics, Amy Frykholm examines Hillary Clinton's efforts to reach out to religious groups in conducting foreign diplomacy during her tenure as Secretary of State.
The Holy Father’s address to the International Union of Superiors General was a small masterpiece. There were many aspects of his talk that warrant attention, but this morning I would like to focus on his paragraph about the ecclesial mission of consecrated life, specifically his call to “’sentire’ con la Chiesa,” to think and feel with the Church.
Here is the Zenit translation of the relevant paragraph:
Over at RealClearReligion.com, Nicholas G. Hahn III has an essay attacking me and this blog this morning. Seeing as he never really engages any of my arguments, I do not think his article warrants a reply. But, my beloved St. Bernard, Ambrose, wishes to assure readers of NCR and RCR that he is grateful for their prayers.
Michael Gerson, in this morning's Washington Post, on the common good. I especially like his ending, pointing out the way Catholic Social Teaching challenges everybody!
At Millennial, Robert Christian has a penetrating and important essay on the way we objectify people, especially women, with ideas of "attractiveness" that can be very harmful. This essay is important in its own right, but it also indicates the way some of our Millennial Catholics see things in ways that escape the attention of some of us old goats. Great stuff.
The problem with basing practical political tactical decisions on long-term economic forecasts is that those forecasts are subject to change.
Thank you to all who offered prayers for Ambrose. The vet just called and the surgery went well. Of course, we are now looking at a three month recovery, and managing limited movement, with two other dogs in the house, will be a challenge. But, at least my baby boy is coming home. Saint Francis, pray for us and for our furry friends.
The Holy Father's daily sermons are really little treasures, like this one about the need for Christians not to become perennial complainers. Vatican Insider runs a synopsis every day. They show a man who is not so far removed from being a parish priest that he feels the need to dress up his language in high falutin' verbiage.
The editors of the Washington Post debunk a so-called "study" by the Heritage Foundation regarding the costs of immigration reform. In a real study, at a real think tank, you try and examine all the data, not only the data that helps you whip up passions. Heritage again demonstrates that it is an advocacy organization pursuing a political agenda, not a think tank trying to ascertain the truth of the matter.
Over at his blog at RNS, Mark Silk contrasts the conflicting, and ever shifting, comments about Fr. Fugee from Archbishop Myers and his chancery staff, with the straightforward statement and action taken by Bishop David O'Connell in Trenton. Fr. Fugee is the priest of the archdiocese of Newark who was never supposed to working with children but who somehow was doing so anyway.