Lex Cordis Caritas - The law of the heart is Love

by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki

President Barack Obama did not invite me to deliver the benediction at his second inauguration as president of the United States of America on Jan. 21. I didn't really expect him to do so. Despite the fact that I am the Catholic bishop of Springfield in Illinois, where he first announced that he would run for president of the United States at the Old State Capitol building on Feb. 10, 2007, I am not his pastor, he is not Catholic, and we really don't know each other. But even if I were his pastor, if he were Catholic, and we did know each other, apparently I would have been disqualified by a new litmus test for cultural acceptability in certain quarters.