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Your Turn / A Lenten Meditation from Cardinal Cantalamessa
« on: March 13, 2021, 08:26:10 PM »
Longtime preacher to the papal household and recently made a Cardinal, His Eminence has some very Lutheran insights:


Your Turn / La. Governor a new model for Democrats?
« on: November 19, 2019, 03:28:02 PM »
From First Things comes this commentary on the recent re-election of John Bel Edwards as Governor of Louisiana.  The author, Prof. Charles Camosy of Fordham, is a Roman Catholic who supports the "seamless garment" approach to life issues.  He makes the point that being pro-life was a critical ingredient in Governor Edwards' re-election, and he challenges the Democrats to re-think the political value of pro-choice extremism.

Your Turn / Michael Root essay: "Ecumenical Winter?"
« on: September 28, 2018, 09:49:48 AM »
Michael Root -- now a Roman Catholic, formerly Lutheran -- has an interesting essay in First Things:

I was struck by this description of the goal of ecumenism from a Catholic perspective:

The Church hopes and intends that, through prayer, dialogue, and common witness, the separated communions may finally be reunited in a Church recognizably Catholic, but transformed and renewed.

Dr. Root also discusses the RC Church's reasons for close(d) communion.  Spoiler alert:  it's not because they impugn the faith of other Christians.


Your Turn / An Advent meditation
« on: December 07, 2017, 11:56:08 AM »
I don't always agree with George Weigel's politics, but I really appreciate this Advent meditation:


Pope Francis has selected Bishop Anders Arborelius of Stockholm to be a member of the College of Cardinals.  He will be inducted into the College on June 28.  Bishop Arborelius was a nominal member of the Church of Sweden until becoming Catholic as a young man.


Your Turn / Any Trump supporters inclined to reconsider?
« on: October 08, 2016, 03:39:16 PM »
Just wondering.


Your Turn / More on SCOTUS and religious liberty
« on: June 28, 2016, 04:44:06 PM »
Over the dissent of the Chief Justice and Justices Alito and Thomas, SCOTUS has declined to hear a case from Washington State regarding conscientious objection on the part of pharmacists to providing postcoital contraceptive drugs:

In his dissent, Justice Alito lays out in detail the facts of this case.  I think he makes a convincing case that professed concerns about assuring patients' access to medications are pretextual, and that "Washington would rather have no pharmacy than one that doesn’t toe the line on abortifacient emergency contraceptives."


Your Turn / Supreme Court (sort of) decides Zubik v. Burwell
« on: May 16, 2016, 10:36:57 AM »
The Supreme Court has acted in the much-watched case regarding coverage of contraceptives and religious exemptions under the Affordable Care Act:

Basically, the Court has sent the dispute back to the respective Courts of Appeals in order to allow consideration of "the substantial clarification and refinement in the positions of the parties" in response to the Court's own compromise proposal.  Based on her concurring opinion, Justice Sotomayor (joined by Ginsburg) is not completely satisfied, but willing to go along with what is essentially a punt.  This virtually guarantees that if the Supreme Court ultimately has to issue a definitive ruling, it will not happen until next year at the earliest.


Trinity Lutheran Church in Columbia, MO, is the petitioner in an interesting First Amendment case accepted yesterday by the US Supreme Court:

Your Turn / Pope Francis' address to EKD delegation
« on: December 24, 2014, 10:56:26 AM »

I think it is noteworthy that the current Pope, like his immediate predecessors, highlighted the relevance of “issues related to the dignity of the human person at the beginning and end of life, as well as those related to family, marriage, and sexuality, which cannot be excluded or left to the side just because one doesn't want to endanger the ecumenical consensus reached thus far. It would be a shame if new confessional differences arose in such important topics related to human existence.”

A blessed Christmas to all!


Your Turn / Pronouns and proximity
« on: October 05, 2010, 08:48:54 AM »
Our hymn of the day last Sunday was "We Walk by Faith."  I was not surprised that the ELW version has eliminated masculine pronouns.  The first stanza has been modified thus:

(Old version)
We walk by faith, and not by sight.
No gracious words we hear
Of him who spoke as none e'er spoke,
But we believe him near.

(New version)
We walk by faith, and not by sight.
With gracious words draw near,
O Christ who spoke as none e'er spoke:
"My peace be with you here."

While there is nothing inherently wrong with the new version, it says something completely different than the old version.  "We trust that Christ is near" becomes "We ask Christ to draw near."  Since some in this forum have argued that gender-neutral language is more inclusive or expansive, I would ask for a reaction to this change.  Was the old text really so problematic as to require a reworking of the central imagery?


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