Odds and Ends

Some interesting Catholic news items:

(1) Cardinal DiNardo, chairman of the United States Bishops” Pro-Life Committee, voices grave concern over the FDA”s plan to approve new abortion drug for “emergency contraception” purposes.

(2) Bishop Morlino of Madison is criticized for bringing in more priests. Why? Because the new priests are “too conservative.”

(3) At the recent U.S. bishops” meeting, USCCB president Cardinal George blames the Catholic Health Association for the passage of the health-care reform bill. In essence, Sr. Keehan chose President Obama over the U.S. bishops . . .

(4) On a lighter note, the Vatican newspaper recently paid tribute to the movie Blues Brothers, in honor of the 30th anniversary of its release, calling it a “Catholic” movie. (That”s not my recollection, but it”s been awhile. And hey, wasn”t John Belushi a “soul man”?) For the Reuters account, see “Vatican beatifies Blues Brothers . . . well almost.”

(5) Massachussetts bishops oppose casino gambling. I applaud this move, in keeping with my recent series on gambling. The effects of legalized gambling may on the surface seem minimal, but we can’2012-04-24 18:36:03′t overstate the corrosive effects of this sort of thing on our culture.

(6) U.S. bishops announce new book on theology of the body. Here at My Catholic Faith Delivered, we will soon be offering theology of the body courses in an online, interactive format. 

(7) Carl Olson”s trenchant commentary on the legacy of Fr. Charles Curran, who led the opposition against the Church”s teaching on contraception in the 60”s and 70”s. Also at My Catholic Faith Delivered, we have a new course on Humanae Vitae, the little encyclical that got Fr. Curran and his colleagues so worked up.

(8) This item from the Catholic Culture site claiming that nearly 50 beneficiaries of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) are opposed to Church teaching. Then this week there was the report that Bishop Hebda of Gaylord, Michigan temporarily suspended the funding of the CCHD within his diocese while a review of CCHD takes place.

(9) I wish I had commented on yesterday”s saint, St. Aloysius Gonzaga. He is a patron saint of youth. I don”t know that it”s universally true that “only the good die young,” but this 16th-century saint died at the tender age of 23 of the plague, after courageously giving compassionate care to many plague victims himself. He was a saintly Jesuit, and that”s saying something!  And it”s good to know that Gonzaga is not merely a basketball school in the Pacific Northwest!

(10) One of today”s saints is St. Thomas More, the chancellor to King Henry VIII of England. There are many great books and articles about this popular saint. Very few saints have movies made about them, and fewer still win Academy Awards. So, whether you”ve never seen it, or whether you”ve already seen it ten times, I heartily recommend renting A Man for All Seasons tonight! Here are ten reasons why!

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