With the official news that Fr. Serra will be canonized in September when the Holy Father comes to the U.S., permit me to call your attention to an event this coming Wednesday that is being sponsored by the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies called "Founding Padres." The event will feature experts on the three priests whose statues are placed in the U.S. Capitol building: Fr. Serra, Fr. Kino, and Fr. Marquette.
Cardinal Francis George died on Friday after a long battle with cancer. His seventeen-year tenure as the Archbishop of Chicago was consequential, to say the least. From internal Church concerns like liturgical reform to the place of the Church in the wider culture, his keen intellect and devotion to the Church made their mark.
When faith triumphs over normal human emotions, like the desire for vengeance, it is a beautiful thing to see. This article in the Boston Globe by two parents who lost their son in the Boston Marathon bombing, and who sustained significant injuries themselves, argue against sentencing the convicted murdered Dzokhar Tsarnaev to death.
“Pride of being first leads you to want to kill others; humility, even humiliation, leads you to become like Jesus. And this is one thing that we don’t think. In this moment in which so many of our brothers and sisters are being martyred for the sake of Jesus’ Name, they are in this state, they have, in this moment, the joy of having suffered dishonour, and even death, for the Name of Jesus. To fly from the pride of being first, there is only the path of opening the heart to humility, to humility that never arrives without humiliation.
Fascinating profile of Ryan Anderson of the Heritage Foundation in this morning's Washington Post. I am one of the skeptics, in large part because I listened to the audio of a presentation Mr. Anderson gave last night at the Catholic Information Center.
Distinctly Catholic: The decision by prominent Catholics in San Francisco to take out a full-page ad calling on Francis to remove Archbishop Cordileone is deeply regrettable.
Brilliant satire in the New Yorker, taking on Hillary Clinton's announcement video. Just hilarious.
Change in the Church is usually describable as glacial. We have not been around for centuries by glomming on to the latest fad. Sometimes, however, even glaciers experience change suddenly and in a large scale, as when a large chunk of ice falls off. Later today, Bishop Robert McElroy will be installed as the Bishop of San Diego. This is the opposite of a large chunk of ice falling off. This is a large chunk of solid, solid intellectual and pastoral ground, warm not icy, being added to the mix.
This is a very important article by one of the most articulate spokesmen of the Millennial generation. Robert Christian on why support for same-sex marriage does not evidence increasing levels of social libertarianism among millennials. Instead, they invoke very tradition-laden arguments.
Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marco Rubio have both now thrown their hats into the ring to become the next president of the United States. Both, in different ways, reflect the changing nature of American presidential politics, specifically the effectiveness with which Barack Obama ran and won in 2008.