Distinctly Catholic: It is not only important that you win the election in November. It is vital that you do so in such a way that you can govern effectively.
At Politico, former Speaker of the House tells us what he really thinks of Sen. Ted Cruz. I was not sure Boehner deserved his share of the Laetare award, but now he definitely has earned it. I love the fact that he said he would vote for Trump, but not Cruz.
Distinctly Catholic: Listening to Donald Trump's "serious" speech on foreign policy yesterday, complete with a teleprompter, brought a Winston Churchill quote to mind
In the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Peter Smith looks at the role of religion in Pennsylvania's GOP primary. This is a smart piece with one obvious mistake: Jerry Falwell Jr. is not a Reverend; His brother Jonathan is.
Distinctly Catholic: Is Trump a victim? How about having two Methodists in the White House?
Distinctly Catholic: Not for the first or last time, Mr. Trump provokes wildly different reactions.
Distinctly Catholic: Harriet Tubman on U.S. currency shows lack of history lessons; John Oliver explains historic policies that led right to the Puerto Rico debt crisis.
Three weeks ago, my colleague Josh McElwee reported on a conference at the Vatican, co-sponsored by Pax Christi and the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. The aim of that conference was to discuss alternatives to classic just war theory. I encourage such discussions, of course, but at the end of the day, in this vale of tears, it is hard to imagine the Catholic moral tradition could ever dispense with just war theory.
Whiplash in the GOP: At Politico, Shane Goldmacher writes about how the leading presidential candidates, having trashed party insiders to rise in the polls, are now groveling before those same insiders because they have influence over delegates.