A couple of years back, I was having a conversation with Professor Stephen Schneck, the director of Catholic University’s Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, where I serve as a visiting fellow. He wanted to pull together a conference that contrasted libertarianism with Catholic Social Teaching. It was a brilliant idea. We immediately knew we wanted Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez to deliver the keynote. And we knew with equal immediacy that we want the then-Bishop of Spokane, +Blase Cupich, to give the response.
At Politico, Michael Kazin on how the GOP could pay for generations if it embraces Trump's nativism. Kazin is correct about the 1920s, but the closer analogy is California in the 1990s, where GOP anti-immigrant fervor has made all Republicans not named Arnold unelectable.
Edward Pentin is coming out with a new book unhappily entitled The Rigging of a Vatican Synod? An Investigation of Alleged Manipulation at the Extraordinary Synod on the Family. I have not read this tome, but a lengthy except has been published at the Catholic World Report, lengthy enough to give us some flavor of what the work contains. Even the title demonstrates why this book is unhelpful: Rigging?
At Millennial, Wendy Torres explains what Pope Francis means when he talks about the "throwaway culture." Could any of us endure such a life for even a few days?
At USAToday, Kirsten Powers warns evangelical voters that Trump is not their man.
It has become amusing to see people try to fit Pope Francis into the narratives they have held long before the Argentine was elected in 2013. Yesterday, with the release of his letter to Archbishop Rino Fisicella, who leads the Pontifical Council on the New Evangelization, was one of the more interesting such exercises in papal parsing.
At Vatican Insider, an account of the funeral of Josef Wesolowski, the former archbishop nuncio who was defrocked because of child sex abuse.
Religious leaders in Puerto Rico, led by Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez of San Juan, have called for the Federal Reserve to interest itself in that island’s debt crisis in the absence of any prospect of Congress passing legislation that would address the issue.
In yesterday's NYTimes, Ross Douthat has a great analysis of the Trump phenomenon and what it portends.
Three articles in the past few days call attention to the consistent ethic of life, what it means and does not mean, and why it is so vitally important at this moment in the life of the Church.