The latest installment in blog posts for Poverty Awareness Month, being hosted by the USCCB's website, comes from Bishop Kicanas of Tuscon, who is also the head of Catholic Relief Services. He notes what we all so easily forget - we are called to poverty. But, the difference between poverty as a chosen call and poverty enforced by cruel circumstances is a huge difference and +Kicanas does a nice job explaining it.
So, the Rev. Louie Giglio has withdrawn from the Inaugural ceremony after remarks he made in the 1990s about homosexuality caused an uproar. The uproar was the latest instance of leftie censorship which is just as ugly as, and more hypocritical than, conservative censorship.
Melinda Henneberger delivers another of her powerful essays, this time on gun violence and the absence of easy answers.
We complete our series of looking ahead to the year 2013 by examining the Catholic Academy. Yesterday, the USCCB announced suggestions for the further implementation of Ex Corde Ecclesiae, the result of its ten-year review. They announced the establishment of a working group consisting of bishops and university presidents that will focus on four areas:
I will not be able to attend the New York Encounter, which will be held January 18-20 because I will still be in the midst of doggie rehab. The event, spread over three days, is a smaller, US version of the annual Rimini meeting in August and, like the Rimini meeting, it is sponsored by Communione e Liberazione, one of the new ecclesial movements founded in Italy and now spread across the world. I have a soft spot for CL.
The latest blog post at the USCCB for Poverty Awareness Month is by Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, California. The post was also picked up by the Washington Post's "On Faith" blog and you can read it by clicking here.
I have no idea how I missed this essay on Paul Ryan and his cult of "self-reliance" when it first came out. Leon Wieseltier is one of the finest writers and finest thinkers in the liberal tradition. Obviously, I disagree with Wieseltier about the transformative power of suffering, but then I worship a crucified God and Wieseltier does not. But, his critique of the Randian worldview is breathtakingly spot-on.
This report, at Vatican Insider, raises a deep concern about religious freedom (and other freedoms, too) in Cuba. In our minds, somehow we hope that once Fidel Castro passes from the scene, things will change for the better. Alas, sometimes during periods of political instability, things get worse.
I hate to be the person to put a damper on a good cause, but I fear the politics of gun control will have unintended consequences and that those who rightly perceive the need for effective gun control may end up sowing the seeds of their own frustration.
At The New Republic, Timothy Noah on the New York Times Magazine's decision not to publish Martin Luther King Jr.'s "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." A fascinating bit of journalistic history that I had never encountered before.