Last Friday, a somewhat puzzled federal appeals court panel denied Notre Dame an injunction against having to comply with the terms of Obamacare’s contraception mandate because the university had in fact complied with them. Huh?
Forget about clerical celibacy, contraception, same-sex marriage, and (of course) women priests. The threshold question on whether Pope Francis intends to make actual alterations in church doctrine will be divorce.
Last month, the Vatican presented a report on its efforts to deal with the abuse of minors in the church to the U.N.’s Committee on the Rights of the Child. There are so many problems with today’s response from the Committee that it must be considered a lost opportunity to encourage the Holy See to do the right thing.
The case of Vice Principal Mark Zmuda show how difficult it will be for the Catholic church to hold its line on same-sex couples.
For his church’s World Communication Day tomorrow, Pope Francis has chosen as his theme: “Communication at the Service of an Authentic Culture of Encounter.” Not to get all self-important or anything, but I like to think of my blog as at the service of the same cultural species, whether it be encountering other communicators via links or readers via interactive commenting.
And so it’s Chicago’s turn to have its documents on sexual abuse put on public display. “We realize the information included in these documents is upsetting,” said the country’s third largest archdiocese in a statement. “It is painful to read. It is not the Church we know or the Church we want to be.” But of course it is the Church we know.
“The Holy See gets it,” said Msgr. Charles Scicluna, the Vatican’s former sex crimes prosecutor, in testimony yesterday before the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child in Geneva. I’m not so sure.
His droll voice mail for those Spanish Carmelites got all the ink, but Papa Francesco’s most important New Year’s message for nuns is what he told the male heads of religious orders a few weeks ago.
The cleric formerly in charge of abuse cases for the Philadelphia archdiocese’s former may deserve to get out of prison, but that hardly makes him innocent.