President Obama announced his decision to keep U.S. combat troops in Afghanistan beyond the end of his term, reversing his prior, stated desire to wind down U.S. military involvement in that country before leaving office. The timeline gave way in the face of facts on the ground. It was the right decision.
At US Catholic, Meghan Clark on women and sustainable development in Africa.
At HuffPost, Massimo Faggioli on the opposition to Pope Francis being both extreme and reckless. I tend to agree, and the recklessness is something that really needs to be locked at, by the press, by the pope, and by everyone concerned about the Church.
Most of the bishops gathered in Rome for the Synod on the Family do not serve in the diocese for which they were first ordained a bishop. None of the eight American delegates serve in the diocese for which they were first ordained. So, for example, when Cardinal Daniel DiNardo was installed as the coadjutor Bishop of Galveston-Houston in 2004, the nuncio read a papal bull appointing him as the new coadjutor bishop and releasing him from his bonds to the diocese of Sioux City where he had previously served as bishop.
The latest polls in Nevada and South Carolina, the third and fourth states to vote in next year's presidential nominating process, show Donald Trump with a commanding lead. That fact is linked to Rep. Paul Ryan's reluctance to take the Speaker's gavel.
I had anticipated staying up late to parse the different exchanges during last night’s Democratic presidential debate. Alas, the verdict was self-evident throughout the night: Hillary Clinton dominated the debate from start to finish. Her answers were clear and concise, she never got rattled even when faced with questions designed to have that effect, she appeared more relaxed and, yes, more human than her opponents. Most importantly, she looked thoroughly presidential.
Good news from Africa: The Africa Faith & Justice Network met with Upper Volta's Paramount Queen Mothers Association to discuss how to avoid land grabs by multinational corporations, and the women tribal leaders are already moving their communities away from these pernicious neo-colonial schemes to defraud the people of their land.
Distinctly Catholic: Tonight's Democratic debate will likely lack the fireworks that have characterized the GOP debates.
Happy Columbus Day to one and all. In yesterday's WaPo Outlook section, Kris Lane examines five myths about Columbus that warrant attention.
Distinctly Catholic: As reports emerge from the Synod of Bishops on the family, we are able to discern some of the key fault lines in the discussion.
At CNS, a report on the visit by Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez of San Juan, Puerto Rico, to meet with administration and congressional leaders. There is a lot of movement on the issue of Puerto Rico's debt crisis, but so far, no concrete action. The religious leaders on the island are united in an effort to prevent austerity measures that would disproportionately harm the poor.