Very notable news, via Vatican expert Sandro Magister, following the aftermath of the Justice & Peace’s ill-advised white paper (emphasis mine):
Precisely when the G20 summit in Cannes was coming to its weak and uncertain conclusion, on that same Friday, November 4 at the Vatican, a smaller summit convened in the secretariat of state was doing damage control on the latest of many mom... More
I can’t believe I didn’t make this connection earlier.
It took this story out of Canada to help me connect the dots:
Organizers of the Occupy Vancouver movement almost took over the Holy Rosary Cathedral in downtown Vancouver on Sunday morning.
Vancouver Police stopped the protesters from disrupting Mass at the Catholic church. A spokesman for the group, which renamed itself Occupy ... More
Father Robert Sirico, founder and president of the Acton Institute, was the latest in the Distinguished Speakers Series here at Franciscan University recently (full video, video excerpts, and full audio available here). His talk could hardly have been more timely.
Kathleen Sebelius, secretary of Health and Human Services, Catholyc, who promulgated the offensive rules.
Rules promulgated by the Depa... More
Joan Frawley Desmond has published an excellent and balanced recap of the Wisconsin fight over reforming government unions and how local bishops responded to the struggle.
It’s not a rosy picture — Bishop Morlino of Madison in particular laments the divisions and partisanship which defined the Catholic debate throughout its course. But it’s important going forward that we underst... More
Public Discourse is a flagship of conservative thought which features some of the top Catholic intellectuals of our day. So I’m happy to see its editor Ryan Anderson announce their symposium to prepare for the 2012 election — “Liberty, Justice, and the Common Good: Political Principles for 2012 and Beyond:
Today, Public Discourse launches a ten-day symposium on “Liberty, Justi... More
Alberta Darling (R) speaks to press after holding her seat in the most targeted WI Senate race.
I was on my computer late last night and so had a chance to witness the failure of a months-long effort by unions and Democrat groups to take back the Wisconsin Senate after it helped Governor Scott Walker introduce pension reforms for public sector union employees.
Because I was actively tweeting my re... More
I’m in Indianapolis today preparing for the Frassati Society’s LIVE OUT LOUD Conference, where I’m a keynote speaker.
But I wanted to offer a couple quick comments about the debt ceiling debate which is now entering it’s final critical days in Washington, DC.
As you may have seen, the U.S. Bishops – under Bishops Blaire and Hubbard (remember him?) – have issued ... More
I’ve enjoyed reading the comments on my post yesterday where I contributed my two cents on the current national debate over raising the debt limit.
Many of you contributed your own two cents and I think we’re starting to accumulate a healthy savings account of back-and-forth opinion.
I want to expand the debate now, taking into consideration one of the best points was made since yeste... More
Update: See my follow-up post as well — “$0.02 More On the Debt Limit Debate”
I’ve been reading snippets of headlines, articles and news reports about the ongoing debate in Washington DC over raising the debt limit this week, and I think it’s important to publish something about the question because I believe our national debt is a moral issue in which every American ... More
I’m happy to continue the “thinking out loud” about Catholics and same-sex marriage begun by Brad Birzer on these pages last night, even though –having thought about each of these issues at length– I consider my thoughts about them each very settled.
I welcome in the comments, of course, any reader who wants to disagree or agree by adding supporting evidence, argument... More