It is obvious, even now to the GOP establishment, that their party has a Trump problem. It is difficult to see how the man can be stopped at the ballot box in the upcoming primaries, and even more difficult to imagine a scenario that robbed him, and his voters, of the nomination if he falls just shy of a majority of the delegates. But, the Republicans are not the only ones with a Trump problem.
Distinctly Catholic: The University of Notre Dame will give its prestigious Laetare Award to Vice President Joseph Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner.
....are both feeling unwell this morning, the GOP because they have allowed their presidential nominating contest to resemble a professional wrestling match and MSW because I caught some kind of stomach bug. Both should go back to bed, although I think the GOP needs to go back to bed until 2017.
Mark Silk, at RNS, fills out the coroner's report and engraves the epitaph on the tombstone of the Religious Right.
Sen. Marco Rubio is not likely to win a spelling bee anytime soon. Puts one in mind of Dan Quayle and his potatoe.
Richard Gaillardetz’s new book An Unfinished Council: Vatican II, Pope Francis and the Renewal of Catholicism is the first of what we can anticipate will be many theology books that look back at Vatican II in the light of the magisterium of Pope Francis. Gaillardetz examines the shape of renewal and the contours of reform that now seem possible and, in doing so, sets a high standard for other theologians who explore this terrain.
At this morning's General Audience, the Holy Father had this to say:
"I think of some benefactors of the Church, who come with an offer for the Church and their offer is the fruit of the blood of people who have been exploited, enslaved with work which was under-payed” he said.
“I will tell these people to please take back their cheques. The People of God don’t need their dirty money but hearts that are open to the mercy of God” he said.
Distinctly Catholic: The key takeaway from yesterday's results -- anger continues to drive the Republican race and continues to not drive the Democratic contest.
Distinctly Catholic: Was Pope Francis out of line, as Donald Trump and others assert, by making a categorical judgment about persons who hold a certain view on immigration issues?
Distinctly Catholic: In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis challenges us to "leave the nest that contains us."
Distinctly Catholic: For his leadership in confronting climate change and the degradation of the environment, Pope Francis should win this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.