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.
In his General Audience address this morning, Pope Francis said that God wants to save Pilate and Judas too! I remember when John Paul II delivered a General Audience address in which he reflected on Balthasar's statement that the Christian must hope that hell is empty. The newspapers ran headlines like "While Ratzinger is away, John Paul II speaks Heresy!"
Monday, in the links post, I called attention to an article by Cathy Kaveny at Commonweal in which she made the unexceptional point that those conservative Catholics who chastise Pope Francis for sowing division within the Church might also want to indict one of their heroes, the late Fr. Richard John Neuhaus.
Solidarity in action: After Michigan's libertarian governor dropped the ball on the drinking water in Flint, organized labor steps in to help the people in that city. ThinkProgress has the story.
Distinctly Catholic: How Ted Cruz won, what Hillary Clinton's win could mean for Bernie Sanders, and what's next for the GOP.
At Commonweal, a very, very important commentary by Cathy Kaveny, refuting the idea that Pope Francis is causing divisions within the Church. She places the blame for the stark divisiveness within the U.S. Church right where it belongs, at the feet of Fr. Neuhaus and his team at First Things.
Distinctly Catholic: The good people of Iowa trek to their caucus sites tonight. What's the outlook for the Democratic and Republican presidential candidates?
Cardinal Raymond Burke is at it again, this time blaming women for, well, just about everything from the drop in vocations to the priesthood to the clergy sex abuse crisis. Next week, how women caused the financial crisis in 2008.