Charles Michael Andres Clark, writing at Commonweal, delivers a fine economic critique of the Ryan budget. I would only add that Ryan and his Catholic champions need to ask themselves why those countries which erected their social welfare policies under the governance of Christian Democratic parties always spend about twice as much on programs designed to effect greater equality and guarantee all people a living wage than we ever have in the U.S.? Our country is not going bankrupt. We are not spending money we don't have.
Amy Sullivan, at The New Republic, details the story behind the scandal that engulfed King's College President Dinesh D'Souza, known as well for his vile anti-Obama rantings and film-making. At the heart of the story is a rivalry between D'Souza and Marvin Olasky. Truly no one would want to spend too much time with either man.
Sometimes, the personal politics within the Catholic Church can get petty. But, rarely does it get as ugly as this.
I think Gov. Mitt Romney is getting a bum wrap over his comment about "binders of women" during this week's debate. As I noted the other day, I find it interesting that after many years as a successful businessman that he was not already acquainted with plenty of able women to staff his administration, but the focus on the phrase "binders of women" is ridiculous. Everyone watching knew what he meant and what he meant was a good thing.
My colleague Tom Roberts recently spoke to the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers about many of his views on the future of the Church. You can see the video on the Maryknoll homepage by clicking here.
The Al Smith Dinner last night was the capstone of a successful campaign this year: Cardinal Timothy Dolan is now universally acknowledged as the savviest politician in the U.S. of A. First, he was the only person on the dais last night to address both national conventions. Then, last night, he presided over the only one of the four face-to-face meetings of the two candidates at which no one will blame the moderator. (Rocco has the video here.)
Mark Silk at Religion News Service writes about GOP Senate candidate Linda McMahon's latest demonstration of her inability to understand complex issues, in this case, the administration of Plan B in cases of rape at Catholic hospitals.
Vince Miller responds to Professor George, more thoughtfully than George deserves, at America magazine.
Last week, when I was in Colorado to give a talk, a woman asked me if I could recommend a website that had thoughtful commentary from the right.
Distinctly Catholic My colleague David Gibson has a story at Religion News Service detailing how pro-life activists are dealing with the return of "Moderate Mitt."
Amy Sullivan at the New Republic looks at Mitt Romney's performance through a distinctly female lens, and in the process pens a piece that is equal parts humor and incisive observation. I, too, was struck my Romney's tale of seeking out smart, capable women for his cabinet when he was Governor of Massachusetts. But, I had a slightly different take on that part of the debate. Sullivan was struck by the fact that Mitt seemed amazed there were so many smart, capable women out there available for hire.