I just came back from my apostolic visitation of the Irish seminaries, and I’m catching up on some reading. You may have seen these articles recently, but just in case you haven’t, let me share them with you.
Rocco Palmo’s wrote about Cardinal Wuerl’s recent column on civil discourse last week in Whispers in the Loggia. Here is an excerpt:
In his most prominent intervention to date on an issue he’s tackled repeatedly over recent months, Washington’s freshly-elevated Cardinal Donald Wuerl has taken his campaign for civility in the public discourse to the pages of the capital’s Post.
Especially given his position in the thick of a heated hyper-political conversation nationwide, the lack thereof is something the finessed DC prelate’s become unusually used to over recent years, and from both sides of the aisle: while the secular left rained down fury on Wuerl after the Washington church warned that it would move to decline public funding for its Catholic Charities in response to the city’s legalization of same-sex marriage (with its requisite granting of benefits to the spouses of gay employees), elements of the Catholic right have likewise made clear their protests of, among other things, the cardinal’s longtime stance against canonical sanctions on politicians whose public stances fail to reflect church teaching.
You can read the whole post here.
I also came across an interesting article in The Weekly Standard by Joseph Bottum about Dr. Kermit Gosnell, the Philadelphia abortion doctor who has made headlines recently.
Dr. Gosnell was a little befuddled at his arraignment on January 20. Indicted for eight murders, the Philadelphia abortionist told the court that he understood the first count, a charge of third-degree murder for the death of a woman on whom he had operated. He didn’t understand, however, the seven other counts—the first-degree charges for the deaths of seven babies delivered alive and then killed in his clinic.
No, “clinic” is too antiseptic a word for what the 69-year-old doctor ran for over three decades in a small brick building on the corner of 38th and Lancaster in Philadelphia. A grand jury, led by district attorney R. Seth Williams, began investigating Kermit Gosnell’s abortion practice when a drug raid last February (the man ran a profitable side business in dodgy painkiller prescriptions) revealed conditions almost beyond belief.
You can read the whole article here.