From the Associated Press:
While the NCR family was still mourning the loss of journalist Joe Feuerherd last week, I learned that a prominent Catholic commentator in Chicago had died. Tom Roeser, a conservative columnist, blogger and radio talk show host, was 82 when he died May 28.
The adjective "acerbic" was used in several obituaries, and it is fitting. I regularly checked out Roeser's blog to see what "the other side" thought and was up to. It's no secret that I agreed with very little of his opinions not only about the church but about secular politics.
By JOHN L. ALLEN JR.
tEven before he landed in Croatia on Saturday for a brief weekend excursion, Pope Benedict XVI made the trip’s basic pitch clear. Speaking to reporters on the papal plane, Benedict used some version of the phrase “Christian humanism” six times – the idea being that Christian moral and spiritual values are the ultimate basis for peace, tolerance, and human rights.
tAs Croatia prepares to enter the European Union, the pope’s core argument was thus that this deeply Catholic nation doesn’t have to choose between the humanistic ideals of secular Europe and its religious heritage. The latter, he suggested multiple times, is actually the guarantee of the former.
tIn selling that message, however, Benedict XVI faced two clear challenges, and although he tackled both head-on, it’s not immediately obvious that either was resolved.
On this day, a century ago, Edward Harrigan died.
If I could slip back in time to the 1870s, my favorite decade in American theatrical history, and see just one play, it would be one of the Mulligan Guard shows with Harrigan and Hart.
Opinion on the John Jay report Rationalization by bishops
An editorial in today's Kansas City Star, saying that Kansas City - St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn has "shattered moral guidelines" and "shaken the faith of many,"called for his resignation.
The editorial reads:
Jesuit Father Ray Schroth, longtime contributor to, and friend of, NCR posted a video tribute to our beloved, late publisher and editor in chief Joe Feuerherd on the America magazine Web site. Our dear friends and colleagues at America should know we prize their work and are grateful for the tribute.
Schroth was also a concelebrant at Joe's funeral Mass last Wednesday.
In addition to this unusual headline, the story itself is quite
interesting about this Franciscan priest.
According to Israeli newspaper, Haaretz:
Catholicism, will become a prelate auditor of the Roman Rota, one of
the chief papal law courts of the Catholic church.
A couple of weeks ago, my wife and I attended the graduation or our daughter, Giuliana, from law school at the University of San Francisco (USF). It was a wonderful event and we’re very proud of our daughter for her hard work and perseverance over the last three years. But she now has her law degree and this summer is already hard at work again preparing to take the California bar exam in a couple of months. I know that she will succeed.
Jesuit Fr. Patrick Conroy is our lead guest on Interfaith Voices this week. He is the new Chaplain of the House of Representatives, only the second Catholic to hold that post.
He has a varied background. He is a lawyer who once thought about running for a seat in the U.S. Senate. But he felt a call from God that led him to enter the Jesuits, the Oregon Province. There he ministered for five years on a Native American reservation ("not a normal career path to the House of Representatives," he says). Later, he served as a chaplain at Georgetown University, and most recently taught theology to ninth graders at a Jesuit High School ("improvisational acting for 55 minutes several times a day," he calls it).
He is now the 60th Chaplain of the House of Representatives, a position where he received the bi-partisan support of both Speaker Boehner and Leader Pelosi.