Cardinal Timothy Dolan throws his support behind efforts to link the 20-week abortion ban and paid family leave. Here is a classic case of the extremes controlling the debate and frustrating the kind of linkage that the cardinal rightly calls for. The GOP does not want to allow an amendment linking the two because they oppose paid family leave. The Dems do not want to make the 20-week abortion ban more likely to pass, so they oppose the linkage.
Distinctly Catholic: Everyone is speculating about what Pope Francis will say when he speaks to a joint meeting of Congress, or at the United Nations.
On Fox News Sunday, Cardinal Donald Wuerl and Fr. Tom Rosica preview the papal trip. I especially liked the way Rosica pushed back against the rightwing complaints that a few gay activists will be among the 15,000 people coming to the White House welcoming ceremony. Tickets to that ceremony are not exactly hard to come by - I have gotten two offers, one as late as this morning!
Commentary: We could anticipate that there would be grumblings on the left and the right about Pope Francis, but why are most vicious preemptive attacks coming from the right?
At the NYTimes, Meghan Clark, St. John's Professor of Theology, fellow at the Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies, currently on a Fulbright in Kenya, and all-around theological superstar on Pope Francis ending the GOP-RC alliance. The money quote:
Archbishop Blase Cupich delivered a very important talk yesterday, speaking to the members of the Chicago Federation of Labor. His talk comes after Pope Francis’ many talks that focus on the importance of dignity of work and, as well, Cardinal Donald Wuerl’s address to a conference at the
In this morning's Boston Globe, Cardinal Sean O'Malley previews the Holy Father's visit to the U.S.
At Bloomberg Politics, Melinda Henneberger on how religion is affecting the 2016 presidential race.
The first 20 minutes of the Republican debate at the Reagan Library last night were among the strangest television I have ever witnessed. The stage, with its impressive backdrop of the old Air Force One, was turned into a sandbox with the candidates hurling insults, not ideas. At first I thought moderator Jake Tapper has lost control of the debate, but then I realized that this kind of foolishness has been what the GOP contest has been like so far. Finally, Ohio Governor John Kasich stepped in and asked Tapper to tell the rest of the participants that recess was over. It was bizarre.
I am a word guy not a video guy, but let's break the mold today. Here are two videos for the readership. The first consists of interviews among participants at a conference on polarization in the Catholic Church that was held at the University of Notre Dame last April and which I was happy to attend. Many of those interviewed are also members of the Catholic Conversation Project which I wrote about in the current print issue of NCR. The second is a C-Span video of the panel on Pope Francis and Economics held yesterday at the Cato Institute.
Tonight, the GOP road show, actually the Trump road show that happens to be occurring in the middle of a GOP presidential nominating process, comes to the Reagan Library in California for a debate sponsored by CNN. A team of horses couldn’t pull me away from the television: what could be better than first class entertainment combined with third rate politics?