Cardinal William Baum has gone to God. Eternal Rest grant unto him, O Lord. Here is a link to Cardinal Donald Wuerl's statement. With Cardinal Baum's death, Pope Emeritus Benedict is now the only person left who was made a cardinal by blessed Pope Paul VI, and the only cardinal-elector left who participated in the 1978 conclave that elected Pope John Paul II.
The name of the SuperPAC launched to promote the presidential candidacy of Hillary Rodham Clinton in advance of her official entry into the race was called “Ready for Hillary.” And, there is no doubt that a large number of Democrats truly were ready for Hillary, including longtime Clintonistas, those who think it is simply time to have a woman president, those disillusioned by President Obama, and those who, for whatever reason, see leadership qualities in Mrs. Clinton that they believe suit her for the job she now seeks.
At the National Catholic Register, Msgr. Stuart Swetland gives "one cheer" for the Iran nuclear deal. When you read the piece, it is more like two cheers, maybe even two-and-one-half. As Msgr. points out, the alternatives are all worse than the deal that was struck, even though the deal is, like all such negotiated deals, imperfect.
The Archdiocese of Washington launched a new campaign yesterday called “Walk with Francis.” Designed to coordinate with the Holy Father’s upcoming visit to the United States, Catholics and non-Catholics alike are invited to pledge themselves to “walk the walk” and not merely “talk the talk,” not only nodding in agreement with the pope but making sure we are ourselves engaged in following the Lord with joy in our hearts, and communicating that joy to others.
At Faith Street, John Gehring on the radicalness of Pope Francis and why if you think he is a liberal, you have missed what he is all about.
Ever since the killing of nine African-Americans at Mother Emanuel church in Charleston, South Carolina, the nation has been focused on removing the symbols of the Confederacy. It is a good thing that the Confederate battle flag was taken down from the grounds of the Capitol in South Carolina, but that is not enough to heal the nation’s racial tensions. There was no Confederate battle flag flying in West Baltimore where riots broke out earlier this year, nor in Chicago where eleven African-Americans were slain in violence over the 4th of July weekend.
At US Catholic, Stephen Schneck reflects on the Planned Parenthood video and how stalled - and tired - the debate about abortion is. It is up to the Left to provide some new approaches to this issue, and, sadly, we live at a time when the Democratic Party has given a veto to Emily's List while the AFL-CIO can get kicked to the curb.
The loud, obnoxious billionaire Donald Trump has become more of a headache for the Republican Party than Hillary Clinton. Since announcing his unlikely bid for the nation’s highest office, Trump has upset expectations, zoomed to the top of the polls, and, as he never loses a chance to assure us, he has plenty of his own money to fund his campaign. Still, the worst is yet to come.
At National Review, Ed Whelan of the Ethics and Public Policy Center responds to my criticism of the degree to which the US bishops have turned over their religious liberty campaign to the Becket Fund. His critique is pretty weak.
Distinctly Catholic: It will take more than a president to fix the messes we are in, the economic, environmental and moral messes. It will take all of us.