Distinctly Catholic: Both Palin and Trump are skilled at articulating the sense of emotional grievance that lurks in many a working class heart.
In this morning's Washington Post, a look at the anger against Wall Street that is found among both Democrats and Republicans. I know some of you do not share my disenchantment with President Obama, but keep in mind that his pollsters have been tracking this anger for eight years and they have not sought to channel it into meaningful reforms.
Everything about Donald Trump’s appearance at Liberty University yesterday was strange, including the mere fact of it. Trump was clobbered for a reference to ‘Two Corinthians” rather than “Second Corinthians,” although many people, including myself, often write “2 Cor” to refer to that book of the Bible. In any event, that was the least of the issues raised by Trump’s appearance and what he had to say and how his audience reacted to his speech.
The Holy Father spoke to the Christian Workers' Movement in the Paul VI Hall last week and his words are worth studying, especially by by conservative friends who like to bash unions. He calls for a capitalism with a human face which, I would suggest, is not likely to be forthcoming from the capitalists.
Distinctly Catholic: The tenor of a Democratic Party presidential debate has a more substantial and serious feel to it, whereas a GOP debate resembles a verbal version of professional wrestling.
Rarely has a debate outcome so closely tracked the recent polls. Donald Trump and Sen. Ted Cruz dominated the debate, with Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Chris Christie fighting for the other, bronze medal, spot on the final platform. If you tried to put yourself into the mindset of a typical Republican voter, you would have received plenty to confirm your attitudes towards whichever candidates you like, and nothing to cause you to change your mind.
The University of Notre Dame announced that Fr. Joseph Corpora, CSC, has been named a Missionary of Mercy by Pope Francis. Fr. Corpora works at the university's ACE program and he is one of the nicest, smartest priests I know. Congrats to Fr. Joe and, even more, to those who will reap the benefit of his appointment to this ministry.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops filed its amicus brief with the Supreme Court this week in the case Zubik v. Burwell. Later this spring, the Court will hear a group of cases brought by religious organizations that object to the Obama administration’s contraception mandate. A final decision in the case is expected in June at the end of the current Supreme Court term.
This weekend, in New York City, Communion & Liberation hosts its annual Encounter, the largest three day event of its type. Highlighting this year's event is a discussion with Jeffrey Sachs and Cardinal Sean O'Malley about the environment and Laudato Si'. For more information, click here.