For the many news stories attempting to reveal what is wrong with the Catholic priesthood, this touching profile in the New York Times highlights what is very right. The life of Fr. Gerald Ryan, who was ordained near the end of World War II, stood alongside the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in Selma, and opened a community shelter in the basement of his South Bronx parish, stands as a living testimony to the power of servant leadership and self-less ministry.
That right there is what an authentic disciple of Jesus Christ looks like.
92 year old priest still going strong [NYTimes]
A federal judge in Nebraska has become the first to rule on one of the dozen-plus lawsuits challenging the HHS-promulgated contraception coverage mandate of the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”), tossing the suit on the grounds that the plaintiffs lacked standing. The suit was brought by the Attorneys General of Florida, Ohio, Michigan, Oklahoma, Texas, South Carolina, and Nebraska, who were joined by Catholic Social Services and two other Catholic organizations.
The remaining suits are still pending in federal courts around the country.
Judge tosses Obamacare challenge [Omaha World-Herald]
An Austrian priest delivered an announcement before the start of a First Communion service, that only those in the “state of grace” should present themselves to receive the Eucharist. Divorced, re-married, and those who do not attend Mass every week should not come forward.
Because that’s precisely how Jesus carried out his public ministry. He steadfastly refused to share a meal with sinners.
Ezra Klein in the Washington Post reports that the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) provision requiring insurance companies to spend 80% of premium dollars on actual medical care is paying off… literally.
Gary Wills, who has been dubbed the greatest contemporary Catholic intellectual in America by John Allen, offers a scathing repudiation of the Vatican actions with regard to the LWCR. If you read one thing today, read this. It’s a #mustread
Colbert Nation Chaplain and prolific author Fr. James Martin, SJ continues his grassroots campaign inviting people to share #WhatSistersMeantoMe with a piece in the Washington Post explaining: “Sisters are my heroes.”
And for those who could use a bit of a brush-up on the history of Vatican relations with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, CNS has a helpful timeline.
90 members of the Georgetown University faculty, including numerous Jesuit priests, signed a letter to Congressman Paul Ryan accusing him of misusing Catholic teaching in an attempt to garner support for his proposed budget. Rep. Ryan delivered an address at Georgetown this morning. “In short, your budget appears to reflect the values of your favorite philosopher, Ayn Rand, rather than the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”