Dear Mr. Robinson,
San Francisco, of all places, is rapidly becoming the source of both the defense of marriage and the purpose of Catholic schools.
The archbishop in question is Salvatore Cordileone, who recently addressed his high school teachers in this astonishing and thorough presentation: Knowledge, Virtue, and Holiness.
In recent commentary, I attempt to distinguish two ways of responding to Pope Francis—and make it obvious which one is spiritually right: On Pope Francis: Getting our heads out of the sand.
Meanwhile, Jennifer Gregory Miller answers one of the most-debated questions of the Catholic liturgical year. Don’t miss Are Sundays Part of Lent?
As for recent news, today I offer a selection which demonstrates the complexity of the many issues that face Catholics and their Church around the world:
- Cardinal Robert Sarah: Vatican cardinal argues against ‘liturgical wars’ approach: This is particularly interesting in light of recent efforts by at least one pundit to pretend that Cardinal Sarah does not trust Pope Francis.
- In vitro fertilization: Indiana judge affirms discrimination judgment against diocese in teacher’s in vitro case: The ruling is absurd on its face in suggesting Catholic institutions are opposed to pregnancy!
- A secular peace: French cardinal dismisses government’s plan to counter Islamic radicals by teaching secularity: The West seems to live the myth that secularism promotes peace, despite its destruction of intermediary institutions, cultural identity, and moral cohesion.
- Notre Dame Exemption: Supreme Court vacates ruling against Notre Dame in contraceptive-mandate case: Notre Dame, perhaps the last place to really care about the moral issues, looks to win its case.
- Michelangelo: Stolen Michelangelo papers offered back to Vatican, for $100,000 ransom: Bizarre—and an astonishingly low asking price!
And now, from Pope Francis, his continuing catechesis on the family: We Are the Elderly.
Finally, in case you didn’t know, we’re asking everyone who has not donated to our work since the beginning of the year to make a special Lenten effort to contribute this month, before the end of the first quarter. Critical to our success—thanks!