"President-elect Biden has chosen a secretary of Health and Human Services who sued to block a policy that would have exempted nuns from Obamacare's contraception mandate, provoking even more scrutiny over how Biden's Catholic faith influences his political agenda."
He went after the "Little Sisters of the Poor." Demonstrates Biden's views on individual rights and abortion. Read the story here. No wonder this retired Archbishop supports refusing Holy Communion to Biden.
"(T)here is one place where China’s bullying elicits only silence: the Vatican. Which is strange, because Jimmy Lai is not only Hong Kong’s most well-known champion of democracy; he is also its most prominent Catholic layman. At a moment when he and his family most need their shepherd, Pope Francis is MIA.
The silence might be understandable if Pope Francis were in the tradition of pontiffs who hold themselves aloof from worldly affairs. But Pope Francis is a man who readily weighs in on outrages wherever he finds them, whether it be modern air conditioning, American capitalism or Catholic moms who breed “like rabbits. But on China . . . silence." Read the story here (paywall may apply.)
"... American faith, even after so many waves of secularization, still retains large numbers and a zealous core. But as a project of expansion and reconquest, it conspicuously failed. After an arguable high tide in the years of John Paul II Catholicism and George W. Bush’s Evangelical presidency, the project’s more ambitious goals collapsed, its beachheads in elite culture weakened, its own institutions fell into scandal or theological civil war, and the country moved in a more overtly post-Christian direction overall.
Meanwhile, out of the complex currents of cultural liberalism, a more intense form of anti-traditionalism has recently emerged — itself a sort of successor to the lost Protestant establishment, with the Christian doctrine shorn away but with a renewed moral zeal, an extremely detailed blueprint for social and political relations, and a revival of the old establishment’s hostility to more-disreputable (meaning Catholic and Evangelical and even Jewish) forms of faith." Read the report here.
"Andrea (Pisano) was working at a time when the Roman Catholic Church wanted to make its lessons visually accessible and relatable. A century before, St. Francis—preaching poverty, a love of nature, and a compassionate Christianity that emphasized the value of the individual—had brought a new humanity to its teachings. At the time, the dominant Byzantine painting style was abstract and emotionally distant, with starched, flat figures in frontal poses standing in front of gold backgrounds symbolizing divine light. This was reflected in Bonanno’s doors, whose stiff figures, without facial or corporeal expression, still belonged to that Byzantine paradigm. In addition, the reliefs lacked any sense of spatial depth.
Andrea looked away from that tradition and toward the frescoes in the nearby Church of Santa Croce..." Read the article here (paywall may apply.)
"This is not a 'political' matter, and those who would describe it as such are either ignorant or willfully confusing the issue. This is a matter of bishops’ unique responsibility before the Lord for the integrity of the sacraments. Moreover, there is also the pressing matter of pastoral concern for a man’s salvation." Read the report here.