At The Hill, Donald Trump doesn't think much of Pope Francis. I am sure that in this Year of Mercy, the Holy Father does not reciprocate the Donald's nasty judgments, but next year, if Trump wins and starts building that wall, all bets are off.
If you entered last night’s Democratic debate leaning towards former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, you came away with plenty of reasons to justify your choice. If you entered leaning towards Sen. Bernie Sanders, you also received plenty to confirm your selection. Both candidates, in a largely civil debate, were true to form with Clinton calibrating her message more substantially as the nominating contest turns to a nationwide audience.
I am not sure why I missed this previously, but this article by Charles Camosy in the LATimes on how we understand health care, and how, functionally, it is practiced in America. I will be touching on some of these subjects soon.
Reading Marie Collins’ statement, published here at
Two items on criticism. The first, in the Washington Post, on modernist architecture here in Washington D.C. The Hirshhorn is better than the critic allows, and the FBI building should indeed be demolished. Mercifully, the critic did not look at some of the modernist ecclesial structures that mar the landscape of our city.
I am reasonably certain that when the Secretary of State of New Hampshire chose yesterday as the date for that state’s presidential primary, the fact that it was Fat Tuesday did not factor into the equation. But, when the coincidence of Donald Trump’s first victory coming the night before Ash Wednesday, who can now say that God doesn’t have a sense of humor?
At the Public Religion Research Institute, Daniel Cox and Robert P. Jones look at the religious landscape in New Hampshire. Catholics come in second behind the Nones.
At Millennial, Robert Christian on the Whole Life Movement, and why it is needed. I will have more on this later in the week.
Bishop Robert McElroy’s recent article in America magazine deserves widespread attention and careful consideration. It is a significant contribution to the discussion about the relationship between our Catholic faith and our vocation as citizens, and a brilliant contribution as well.
At RealClearPolitics, Peter Berkowitz makes a conservative case against Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, but he overstates the degree to which less incendiary conservatives are honestly compassionate when it comes to helping the poor. There is an ideological aversion against the state and in favor of markets that severely limits the degree to which any genuine compassionate conservatism can make headway.
Last week, Congress held a hearing on the crisis in Puerto Rico. As readers will recall, I have written about the sovereign debt crisis before, and the humanitarian crisis within which the economic difficult is happening. It is important to frame it this way, because the free-marketers, both the economic “experts” and their fellow travelers in the political community, are determined to obfuscate the human aspect of this situation and to clarify only the “economic” laws and property or contractual rights that pertain to it.