To say that the Pew Research Center’s survey of U.S. Jews has had an impact on its subject population is an understatement. In synagogues and federations across America, it’s been the talk of the community since it was released last month, and for good reason.
I’m going to go out on a limb here and predict that the Supreme Court will decide Town of Greece v. Galloway by declaring that the plaintiffs lacked the standing to challenge the Greece town council’s opening prayers. The Rochester suburb will thus be free to continue to begin its meetings with whatever prayers it likes.
Pope Francis’ choice as the next archbishop of Hartford is cut from the same episcopal cloth as most of John Paul II’s and Benedict XVI’s American appointees. But that means he’s also a yes-man.
Once upon a time, Americans worried about powerful business organizations buying influence through philanthropy. No longer.
Catholic conservatives are more worried about what Pope Francis does than about how the press interprets it.
The latest abuse scandal in the Twin Cities points up the importance of Pope Francis’ attack on clericalism.
Announcing that the Roman Curia will be transformed root-and-branch, Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi said that “Roman centralism” will come to an end. What Pope Francis’ eight Cardinal-Advisers discussed, said Lombardi, was “subsidiarity.” Whoa!
If there’s ever been a pope who has behaved like the present one, I’m quite sure we have no evidence of it. To call up a notorious atheist newspaper publisher and have him over for a friendly discussion about what’s wrong with the Vatican and how the world would be a better place if we all just did what we think is right — well, it feels like we’ve entered an alternative universe.