This article at the National Catholic Register should give every bishop in America heartburn. They have whipped up people to think that the government is just waiting to rob us Catholics of our religious liberty, that the HHS mandate is evil incarnate, even though they refuse to say that it amounts to illicit material cooperation with evil, and the USCCB point man on the issue, Archbishop William Lori, publishes tendentious statements without correction.
Over at his blog at RNS, Mark Silk looks at an unfortunate effort by some evangelical groups to cloak their evangelizing goals in the garb of religious liberty. Silk rightly points out that this is NOT the way to preserve religious liberty.
A few weeks ago, in response to an article at RealClearReligion bemoaning ugly churches, I invited readers to submit the names of churches they thought were beautiful. I wish to thank all the commenters who sent in their selections. Indeed, I was especially grateful to those who called attention to churches I had never seen before but that certainly matched anyone's criterion of beauty; for example, the St. Francis de Sales Cathedral in Baker, Ore., and St.
Meghan Clark, over at CatholicMoralTheology.com, has a typically thoughtful theological reflection on the Zimmerman trial verdict and especially the hope that the family of Trayvon Martin has exhibited throughout.
At the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Kevin Wildes, S.J., President of Loyola University, makes the case for comprehensive immigration reform.
At the USCCB blog, Bishop John Wester looks at the encyclical Lumen Fidei and how Pope Francis is not only writing it, he is living it.
Last week, I offered a brief review of Archbishop Jose Gomez’s book on immigration reform. I specifically commended the Archbishop for not engaging in the kind of histrionic political debate that has too often characterized some bishops’ discussion of the HHS mandate.
The trial that has consumed the country, or at least 90% of its airwaves, is finally over. I understand why television news loves these kinds of trials: Ours is an adversarial legal system, so the drama is built-in. Call on two former prosecutors and a couple of defense attorneys for analysis – such as that is! – and you have an hour of television. I am sure it costs less than these “reality” competitions that must spend a fair amount of money creating the kind of drama a courtroom provides for free.
I forgot to link to this column by Harold Mereson from yesterday's Washington Post. It turns out that corporate America has devised myriad ways to erode wages. So depressing.
Vatican Insider has the story. The differences between Popes Benedict and Francis are obvious, but anyone who sees them as in anyway opposed to one another is missing the mark.