I am reasonably certain that when the Secretary of State of New Hampshire chose yesterday as the date for that state’s presidential primary, the fact that it was Fat Tuesday did not factor into the equation. But, when the coincidence of Donald Trump’s first victory coming the night before Ash Wednesday, who can now say that God doesn’t have a sense of humor?
At the Public Religion Research Institute, Daniel Cox and Robert P. Jones look at the religious landscape in New Hampshire. Catholics come in second behind the Nones.
At Millennial, Robert Christian on the Whole Life Movement, and why it is needed. I will have more on this later in the week.
Bishop Robert McElroy’s recent article in America magazine deserves widespread attention and careful consideration. It is a significant contribution to the discussion about the relationship between our Catholic faith and our vocation as citizens, and a brilliant contribution as well.
At RealClearPolitics, Peter Berkowitz makes a conservative case against Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, but he overstates the degree to which less incendiary conservatives are honestly compassionate when it comes to helping the poor. There is an ideological aversion against the state and in favor of markets that severely limits the degree to which any genuine compassionate conservatism can make headway.
Last week, Congress held a hearing on the crisis in Puerto Rico. As readers will recall, I have written about the sovereign debt crisis before, and the humanitarian crisis within which the economic difficult is happening. It is important to frame it this way, because the free-marketers, both the economic “experts” and their fellow travelers in the political community, are determined to obfuscate the human aspect of this situation and to clarify only the “economic” laws and property or contractual rights that pertain to it.
Last night’s GOP debate in New Hampshire witnessed the worst meltdown by a candidate since Gerald Ford unaccountably declared Poland free from Soviet dominance in 1976. Actually, Sen. Marco Rubio’s collapse was worse: Ford looked unpresidential, which made the only other person on the stage, Jimmy Carter, look presidential by comparison. Rubio looked like a fraud.
At Patheos, poor Fr. Dwight Longenecker demonstrates how people can misuse "Faithful Citizenship" in particular and Catholic moral theology in general.
Last night’s Democratic presidential debate was the first to feature only former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, and the absence of Gov. Martin O’Malley meant that we knew the two contenders would need to go right at each other. They did not disappoint and the principal winners of the evening were Chuck Todd and Rachel Maddow who let them go at it. For the first half hour of the evening, you barely knew the moderators were there and, throughout the evening, they spent far fewer words than previous moderators. Kudos to them.
At VoxNova, Alessandro Rovati reflects on Pope Francis' new book on mercy. I have the book, and I desperately need the mercy, but I have two books ahead of it on my reading list.
Yesterday, I wrote about the dispute between Cathleen Kaveny at Commonweal and her critics at First Things and elsewhere.