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.
Yesterday, I began my review of Angus Sibley’s Catholic Economics: Alternatives to the Jungle.
In the Washington Post, Bernie Sanders' religion, or lack thereof. Democratic Party campaign consultants may not see that this is a problem, but that tells you all you need to know about the myopia of Democratic Party consultants.
Angus’ Sibley’s new book Catholic Economics: Alternatives to the Jungle touches many of the themes he examined in his 2011 book The Poisoned Spring of Libertarian Economics. Sibley, a longtime member of the London Stock Exchange who converted to Catholicism in 1999, could scarcely be more familiar with the “jungle” that is our world economy today. But, deeply read in Catholic Social Teaching, he sees in that teaching an alternative to what passes for mainstream, orthodox economics today.
In this morning's Washington Post, Chris Cillizza asks why Secretary Clinton still has no good answer about her emails. He puts his finger on her deeper problem, he tendency to find legalistic answers that only deepen people's suspicions about her trustworthiness. This, more than anything, is why she has such trouble closing the sale.
In the countdown to the Iowa caucuses next Monday night, the candidates had one last big chance to make a splash: a final debate, scheduled for tomorrow, and sponsored by the Republican Party’s unofficial cheerleading squad, Fox News. But, because this year is not like any other year, the drama expected at the debate has actually preceded it with Donald Trump announcing he was going to boycott.
In the Washington Post, Dana Milbank concludes that the Flint water crisis is Gov. Rick Snyder's fault. Kudos to Rachel Maddow for staying on this story until it caught fire. I hope people will draw the obvious conclusion: Just because someone has been successful as a businessperson tells us next to nothing about their suitability as a government official.
The Holy Father issued a very challenging document over the weekend on the occasion of World Communications’ Day. Appropriately in this Year of Mercy, he focused on the relationship between mercy and communications. The statement has implications for pastors of the Church, politicians, and for those of us who write in the Catholic press.
At Politico, how Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld buried a report that questioned the extent and value of U.S. intelligence about Iraq's nuclear program. I do not believe that political decision makers should be hauled into court for making bad decisions, but Mssr. Rumsfeld will have some explaining to do when he gets to the pearly gates.