The organization "Accuracy in Media" is, apparently, badly named. This article on the papal succession evidences a confluence of conspiracy theories so outrageous, it is more funny than threatening, until you realize that some people will read this nonsense and believe it. The racism is obvious too - it is a black president and the possibility of a black pope that is so threatening. I especially like the way they throw Benedict XVI under the bus as well.
In the movie “Game Change” the character playing Sen. John McCain is encouraged to go on the attack against then-candidate Sen. Barack Obama, specifically with ads highlighting inflammatory remarks made by Obama’s pastor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright. McCain recounts what happened in the 2000 South Carolina Republican primary, when he was accused of fathering a black child out of wedlock: McCain and his wife had adopted a girl from Bangladesh. McCain recalls having to explain the situation when she got older and googled her own name.
In case you missed it in the print edition, my analysis of Pope Benedict's political legacy is now on the NCR homepage.
Michael Peppard, writing at Commonweal, notes that one group seems conspicuously absent from the GOP's debate about its future: women. He notes there are only 4 GOP women Senators compared to 16 Democratic women and, further, compares the size of the electorates represented by these women. (He might have added that Sen.
Paul Elie seems to have picked up the anti-Catholic flu at the New York Times. His article urging Catholics to mark Lent by abstaining from Mass is bizarre. How, precisely, do we invite more grace into our own lives and the life of the Church by abstaining from the "source and summit" of our faith? It is silly season in the commentariat, but Elie should know better and his readers deserve better.
In the Hartford Courant, former ambassador to the Vatican and prominent Republican Thomas Melady makes the argument that the pro-life community should be knees deep in the push for gun control legislation.
Over at RNS, Mark Silk has a very funny "job posting" for the new pope. Funny, but also incisive.
Ever since 2004, when then-Archbishop Raymond Burke warned that he would deny communion to Sen. John Kerry because of the senator’s pro-choice stance, many of us have argued that Burke’s interpretation of Canon 915 was mistaken, that it is not the place of the minister of communion to decide whether or not a person should receive communion, but that it is up to the communicant to make the decision whether or not to present herself for communion. Most American bishops, and the Bishop of Rome, have never followed Burke’s advice.
American Conservative has a fine profile of Professor David Schindler, Dean of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and the Family and editor of Communio. As I noted the other day, if +Scola or +Ouellet walk out on to that loggia as the next pope, Schindler's theological influence will be obvious to all.
Yesterday, at the North American College, 62 seminarians were installed as Acolytes. When Archbishop Augustine DiNoia, O.P. agreed to celebrate the Mass and give the homily, little did he know that eight cardinals would be concelebrating the Mass! In town for the conclave, and staying at the NAC, the cardinals joined +DiNoia in the liturgy and this is the sermon they all heard:
Third Sunday of Lent: Institution of Acolytes [final]
Pontifical North American College
3 March 2013