In a column in his diocesan paper, Bishop Thomas Paprocki unhelpfully calls out press coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. The key paragraph reads:
A whiff of scandals is pouring forth from the Obama administration. If not dealt with forthrightly and transparently, they threaten to weaken the president’s hand at just the time when a strong hand is needed to address a host of important issues from immigration reform to overhauling the tax code.
A friend sent me this link to a homily by Bishop Brendan Leahy of Limerick at a pro-life Mass. As my friend noted in his email, "he has an amazing ability to integrate identity and openness, and in fact to see both as mutually constitutive rather than as competitive or even merely parallel. He's genuine and the real deal." After reading the sermon, I think you will agree.
Thumbs Up to Deal Hudson at CatholicOnline.org, for supporting Sen. Marco Rubio and his push for immigration reform in the face of critics from the right.
Everything about the trial of Kermit Gosnell was gruesome and horrific. It was difficult to read the stories, hard not to turn away from the television screen when the photos were displayed. This was the culture of death at its worst.
The trial was also telling. In the wake of Roe v. Wade, Daniel Callahan wrote these words in the pages of Commonweal, words I have quoted before, but which remain as haunting as when they were first written. Sadly, now, they are also prescient:
The Washington Post has a profile of Sen. Rand Paul. Keep an eye on him. He is a better politician than his father, but his views, and certainly his ideological framework, is just as scary.
Here is the press release from the Diocese of Trenton, posted on their homepage, about the resignation of the priest and youth ministers who violated the policies adopted by the diocese to comply with the norms of the Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children. Unlike the statements from the Archdiocese of Newark, which have been frequently incorrect, this statement is clear and unequivocal. More bishops need to treat their obligations under the Dallas norms with the same forthrightness.
Judge Edward Korman chastised the Obama administration because of its decision to appeal his earlier ruling that Plan B, the controversial "morning after pill" be made available to girls of any age without a prescription. The administration instead adopted a rule that the drug be made available to girls fifteen and older without a prescription.
Of course, Cardinal Sean O’Malley is not going to attend Boston College’s graduation ceremony and share the stage with – and provide a photo-op to – the Taoiseach of Ireland, Enda Kenny.
At the Washington Post's "On Faith," blog, Charles Camosy looks at the abortion laws in Ireland and explains how Ireland is one of the safest place for pregnant women on the planet. The money quote: "Even after the malpractice which led to Savita’s horrible death, Ireland remains one of the safest places in the world for pregnant women. It is a great example of a developed country which refuses to choose between women and their prenatal children.