In the summer of 1956, as a 6th grader, I watched the Democratic National Convention with amazement as a young Irish Catholic senator from Massachusetts, John F. Kennedy, came within 38 ½ votes of the Democratic nomination for vice president of the United States. I also watched as he lost that nomination to Sen. Estes Kefauver of Tennessee on the next ballot.
Just Catholic: The level of political discussion in the U.S. is painfully low, and the level of dishonesty is alarmingly high.
"It is precisely in these times that the Catholic institution of higher learning is called to continual self-examination to ensure that it maintains and promotes an authentic Catholic identity."
NCR Today: Religious leaders engaged in political rhetoric need “to have conversations in a prophetic mode that don’t become injurious.”
The so-called Republican establishment created Donald Trump.
These Republicans, such as Mitt Romney, are now launching attacks on Trump as they fear that he will win enough delegates to become the presidential nominee. Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz in the recent debates have finally begun to criticize Trump for his bad-boy behavior and his outrageous verbal assaults on them and other candidates. The mainstream media in turn seems to suggest that more moderate conservatives (whatever that means) are panicked about Trump.
But is this is all wrong.
In an appeal to the faithful, 40 conservative Catholic leaders have denounced GOP frontrunner Donald Trump as a demagogue and danger to the nation and the Republican Party.
NCR Today: When it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the un-statesmanlike Donald Trump displays the sensitivities of a true statesman.
Vice President Joe Biden and former House Speaker John Boehner, devout Catholics and longtime political foes, will share the Lateare Award, a prestigious honor from the University of Notre Dame.
Tennessee Catholic leaders continue to oppose a bill moving through the state Legislature that seeks to halt refugee resettlement by suing the federal government.
NCR Today: Bernie Sanders' speech at Liberty University is good Lenten reading, about morality, justice and care of the poor.