US Bishops Meet: If you thought the U.S. bishops would heed the pope’s call to steer clear of the culture wars and focus on the poor and the immigrant, you would be wrong.
Team NCR is on site for the annual USCCB Plenary. This week, I will be blogging live as the meeting unfolds, rather than posting morning essays. So, stay tuned. The bishops hold regional meetings at 9 a.m. and the plenary begins at 10 a.m.
The French spirit will triumph over fascism today as it did then:
In recent conversations with my more liberal and Democratic friends, they express a certain incredulity that anyone could find the platitudes and certainties of the Republican Party and, especially the Religious Right, persuasive. Of course, liberals have their own set of platitudes that these friends overlook with ease. Still, watching the GOP debates, I am reminded of how differently a large part of the GOP electorate views not just this issue or that, but the entire worldview they bring to their evaluation of policies and candidates.
In the Chicago Sun-Times, former Illinois Gov. Jim Edgar, a Republican who is now on the Steering Committee of the Illinois Business Immigration Coalition, urges his state to support undocumented students to get college loans.
Three recent talks, one by the Holy Father, and two by close collaborators of his, have focused on the issue of synodality. Coverage of the synod, included that offered here, tended to focus on the issues discussed in the recently concluded synod, but perhaps the larger story was the synod itself, and the kind of leadership a synodal approach requires.
At RealClearPolitics, Peter Berkowitz delivers an elegy for the living in the person of Peggy Noonan. His take on the childishness of contemporary American culture is spot-on, except for his observations regarding sexual assault, about which we are learning our criminal justice system needs tweeking. That said, he is right about Noonan who is one of the saner voices on the right.
Distinctly Catholic: Last night’s GOP presidential debate on Fox Business Channel saw real differences emerge on stage, on both immigration and foreign policy, and, different approaches to the economy.
In the Chicago Tribune, Sr. Alicia Torres, the winner of the Food Channel's "Chopped."
Politico previews tonight's GOP debate.
And, the best political campaign ad EVER - gotta love Louisiana politics:
Commentary: Francis' talk in Florence was impassioned -- and important. It should be studied, prayed over and discussed.