Hillary Rodham Clinton and Marco Rubio have both now thrown their hats into the ring to become the next president of the United States. Both, in different ways, reflect the changing nature of American presidential politics, specifically the effectiveness with which Barack Obama ran and won in 2008.
Easter Sunday, I had hoped to attend Mass at the Dominican House of Studies, but I spent three hours at the vet instead. Here is a link to the sermon I missed, preach by Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, O.P.
Not sure if you are watching "Wolf Hall" but be forewarned - it isn't history.
Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis reminds us that our faith is less about what we do and more about what God does.
Notre Dame's ACE program announces a new joint venture with the Diocese of Orlando, turning four schools in that diocese into ACE Academies. If I lived in Orlando, I would send my kids to one of those four schools. Bishops take note: Before you even think of closing a school, call ACE and see if they can be saved, and not just saved, but flourish.
Distinctly Catholic: Today, I would like to look at what the fallout means for Catholic leaders who face some very challenging questions in the months ahead.
In the Washington Post, Daniel Schulman thinks the libertarian Koch Brothers could "moderate" the GOP. The superficiality of this analysis is stunning.
Speaking of libertarians, can you guess what Flannery O'Connor thought of Ayn Rand?
Distinctly Catholic: Liberals and Catholics have lessons to learn from the heated debate that surrounded Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act.
To laugh or to cry? No real need for comment on this commentary by Matt Bowman at CatholicVote.org. The essay would be flunked in a freshman theology class.
At Catholic New World, Archbishop Blase Cupich recaps the responses collected to the Archdiocese of Chicago's consultations in advance of the synod on the family.
Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky announced his candidacy for the presidency yesterday in a hotel ballroom in Louisville. The hotel was aptly named: The Galt Hotel. Presumably, the name is merely fortuitous as the hotel predates Ayn Rand’s writing Atlas Shrugged in which her libertarian hero is named John Galt.
Over at Global Pulse, Tony Annett and John Gehring ask if Pope Francis can brake the political stalemate on climate change. They are a tad more hopeful then me. I think the resistance to responsible climate change policies on the American right will remain steadfast, not least because so much of the right's intellectual apparatus is funded by extraction industry poobaahs.