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.
Nothing makes me crazier than a religious leader on the left who is so in tune with leftie trends, he or she becomes blind to the complexity of an issue at hand. And, no one seems to do this more often than Rev. Welton Gaddy. Here, in the Des Moines Register, is his latest, a basic obfuscation of the fact that the First Amendment's religious liberty guarantees are one of our nation's proudest achievements.
Distinctly Catholic: One week from today, the USCCB opens its 2015 plenary. The bishops could demonstrate that they heard Pope Francis, or, they can continue down a different path.
Reviewing a book by a friend is always a fraught task. Reviewers have a tic, disposing them to find something to criticize, and even the best of friends do not always take criticism constructively, especially when it involves criticism of a book. As most authors will tell you, writing a book is a little bit like raising a child, you invest your whole heart and soul and time into it.
In the Washington Post, Harold Meyerson on the study that showed an alarming increase in the death rate among working class whites. The numbers are staggering and the causes are not intractable. The "two Americas" are not primarily divided by race anymore, but by income.
Distincly Catholic: New numbers from Pew Research show that the number of Americans who do not identify with any particular religion, the “nones,” continues to increase.
From Vatican Radio, the text of Cardinal Peter Turkson's talk at Ohio State University on Laudato Si'.
At Catholic Moral Theology, Matthew Shadle examines the absence of the concept of "structural sin" in Laudato Si', and why its replacement with "integral ecology" actually works better in this context. This is a very important article. Here is the money quote: