- Aug 9, 2020
A decision by Mexico’s electoral watchdog that two politicians and the local priest are guilty of violating the country’s laws keeping religion out of politics show that, despite recent freedom of religion amendments, the country still lacks proper laws in this area. A religious affairs journalist reports.
Notre Dame’s president, Father John Jenkins, is uncertain of whether the incoming U.S. president, Donald Trump, would be an appropriate choice for the commencement speech. The university has already been under fire in 2009 when Jenkins invited President Obama, causing uproar due to his stance on abortion.
Catholic bishops in Congo have renewed their offer to mediate the election crisis to prevent the country from “sinking into an uncontrollable situation,” a statement reads. “Despite all divergences, we believe a political compromise is still possible if the main parties get involved and prove their goodwill around the table.”
When the US bishops gather in Baltimore in mid-November, they’ll have a lot on their plate, ranging from how to promote peace in US communities torn apart by violence to electing new leadership for the entire conference and several of its committees.
Today in Rome the Jesuits vote for their 31st Superior General. It is not like any other election, but an exercise in corporate discernment designed to allow for the Holy Spirit to create consensus. It offers some important lessons.
As recent years have brought a wave of religious liberty court battles and the federal contraceptive mandate infringing on an array of operations by church entities — along with a U.S. Supreme Court vacancy to be filled — 2016 might be a seminal electoral cycle.