Apparently Pope Francis did not get my email telling him I really needed a quiet week to catch up and so to avoid any controversy. If he did, surely he would have waited until next week to re-assign Cardinal Burke to the Knights of Malta. I try not to be wicked, but I surely am getting little rest these days.
I have a lot of different articles I need and want to get up here – and have promised that I would. Abraham Lincoln said candidly after his first year in office that he was not driving events, but that events were driving him. So it is with my posts. I have neat little lists of things that I want to cover….but stuff just keeps happening. I do have a post on how to engage in fraternal dispute and correction with a pastor or priest that I hope to get up later tonight (it is half written) – and a list of 11 other subjects I would like to cover before renewing the list. This website is becoming less like an excursion on a calm lake where I choose where to go and more like shooting the rapids in a canoe – where I can only use every bit of skill and prayer I have to keep from capsizing. So, we will slog on together.
I am going to add Elizabeth Scalia and her Anchoress column to the permanent links at right. Her article today on evangelization starts slow – and maybe even a little rocky – but quickly develops into one of the most powerful and clear pieces I have ever read on the subject. She is one who I don’t always agree with, but her vision is so clear and well-grounded that when I don’t, I take the time to more clearly refine my own thoughts. Try not to get too offended at her lead photo for this article. It certainly offers a shock, but it is not an illustration I would have chosen. Hers is a solid and profoundly worthwhile voice, though.
While I am at it, I have let just about everyone else have their say on Cardinal Dolan and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, so I would be terribly remiss if I did not reprint his statement from yesterday on the matter. I will say candidly that I am not entirely satisfied with his distinction between ‘identity’ and ‘advocacy.’ But it is his call to make – clearly within the jurisdiction of his prudential authority. If it is in error, I trust the Lord will make that clear in His time. What I know is that the Cardinal is a man of good faith and good will – who is determined to protect his flock from assaults from without while reaching out to others. So if he has made an error, I have no doubt the good God will show him the same grace He has always shown me, by leading all who look to Him with good will into a righteous path despite our often stumbling ways. But in truth, I like Scalia’s defense better than the Cardinal’s.