My colleague Josh McElwee has the news story about yesterday's press conference at the National Press Club, featuring Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, who serves as chair of the USCCB's ad hoc committee on religious liberty, Dr. Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Convention, Professor Anne Henderschott of Franciscan University at Steubenville, and Dr. Yuri Mantilla of Liberty University Law School. The group released a statement opposing the HHS contraception mandate.
Yesterday, the Holy Father had an audience with Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy. I am betting Pope Francis has begun handing out pink slips.You heard it here first. And, I am betting, too, though with less certainty, that Piacenza's replacement will be an American.
Yesterday, I began a review of Mary Eberstadt’s “How the West Really Lost God.” If you did not read that, do so now by clicking here.
As I related yesterday, Eberstadt spends fully half the book examining alternate theories of secularization, critically but sympathetically for the most part, but her treatment of the subject is uneven. And, having set the table so unevenly, one is not surprised to find that the entrée is served before the soup, or that the pasta needs salt.
President George W. Bush joined President Barack Obama in Tanzania for a wreath-laying ceremony at a memorial to those killed in the al-Qaida attack on the U.S. embassy there in 1998. Please, oh please, let this example of politicians acting like statesmen spread a little back in D.C.
Mary Eberstadt has written an important book.
How the West Really Lost God is also a frustrating book.
While Eberstadt's central thesis is provocative and causes us to think about secularization in new and interesting ways, the book also evidences a disturbing trend in academia in which professors, like MSNBC or Fox News anchors, only speak with people who already agree with them. The result is a book that could have been better if Eberstadt had thought to allow herself to be challenged, rather than confirmed, in her biases.
One hundred and fifty years ago today, a division of troops under the command of Confederate General A. P. Hill was almost to the town of Gettysburg where they hoped to find a supply of shoes. What they found, instead, were two brigades of Union troops under the command of General John Buford. Thus began the three day Battle of Gettysburg.
I just wrote, and will keep, the title above, but it is not quite right. The Vatican announced this morning that next week Pope Francis will go to the small island of Lampedusa where immigrants from Africa seek to enter Europe. Recently, a boat carrying many of these desperately poor migrants capsized killing many of the migrants. The Pope clearly sees what many opponents of comprehensive immigration reform do not see: These are people we are talking about.
In this morning's Washington Post, E.J. Dionne on Edmund Burke, the conservative thinker whom modern liberals love to throw at the feet of modern conservatives.
When I grow up, I want to be as smart and provocative a thinker as Mark Silk. This short commentary on how the church might engage the issue of same-sex marriage is simply brilliant.
The Department of Health and Human Services issued its final rule on the controversial contraception mandate on Friday. Reportedly, the administrative committee of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will be having a conference call sometime today to frame their response.