I love what Bishop D'Arcy is saying these days. In response to the Notre Dame-Obama kerfuffle, I am more and more impressed by how Bishop John D'Arcy is handling these things. I know the man personally. I have great esteem for him, but I have not ever been particularly impressed by him. I have heard him preach more times than I can remember, and I never found him particulary moving. He was, in my opinion, kind of daffy. However, in the last few years, he has seemed to really come into his own. The last, I don't know, 10 years or so, he has become quite courageous and honest and interesting. I'm glad he's still the Bishop of South Bend, he has had the most clear and charitable position of any of the bishops who have, ahem, exercised their ecclesial bully pulpits. And, after all, he is the competent ecclesial authority.
BTW, I still don't see the big deal with Obama speaking at Notre Dame. My conscience is not scandalized, nor am I particularly disturbed by it emotionally. I don't agree with the moral outrage. And I still think that most of the arguments against it make it seem as if the only thing that matters in Catholic identity is opposition to abortion. I still find that ideological. Yet, D'Arcy clearly has concern for those who do see things this way, and he has such flair.