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The Boston Globe launched expaanded coverage of Catholic issues — at www.cruxnow.com — with a panel discussion at Boston College about Pope Francis. The panelists were Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley, who provided opening remarks; Harvard law professor Mary Ann Glendon, president of the Vatican’s Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences; Vatican analyst John L. Allen Jr., associate editor of Crux and The Boston Globe; Boston College theologian Hosffman Ospino, assistant professor of Hispanic ministry and religious education; Crux spirituality columnist Margery Eagan, who served as moderator; and Robert Christian, editor and blogger for “Millennial | Young Catholics, An Ancient Faith, A New Century.”
Mark Silk, director of the Leonard E. Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life at Trinity College, discusses the Catholic vote; the silence of the bishops this election season and whether it’s a result of the Francis Effect; the synod on the family so far; and why certain progressive changes (married priests, same-sex marriage) would be problematic.
West Hartford, CT, Sister of St. Joseph Elaine Betoncourt, who traveled the country on the Nuns’ second trip, advocating immigration reform, talks about the sisters’ just-completed third mission — to get out the vote, especially in key states — and provides an update on the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, in continuing discussions with its Vatican censors.
Catholic commentary of note:
New York Times conservative Catholic columnist Ross Douthat opines against the Pope: