In this morning's Washington Post, Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution sees incipient fascism in the rise of Donald Trump. I am not prepared to go that far, but Kagan makes a convincing case.
Distinctly Catholic: The legislation to help Puerto Rico is not perfect, but members on both side of the aisle should support it because doing nothing would be catastrophic.
At Economic Times, a report on a study that shows teenagers are "picking and choosing" their religious beliefs, and which cites the impact of social media on this phenomenon. I do not doubt that the technology we use influences the way we view the world and interact with it, but I also think we sometimes tend to overstate the case.
Happy Birthday Catholic Social Doctrine! 125 years ago today, Pope Leo XIII promulgated Rerum Novarum, the seminal encyclical of the papal magisterium on questions about social justice. It still reads well. It is still too often ignored bhy many Catholics. And, its call for a more just social order is still relevant.
Distinctly Catholic: It distresses me that a cardinal would participate in the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast,because his job is to help the pope accomplish his ministry.
From the Communications Workers of America, news that Verizon is off-shoring many more jobs than previously admitted. The company chased the investigators with an armed private security force.
Distinctly Catholic: If you are looking for a book that gives a concise and well organized exposition of what Pope Francis has said about economic matters, this is it.
At Politico, their "Five Numbers That Mattered" column, of which 48.3 percent is the most important. That is the number of households that no longer have land lines which has made it that much harder to conduct polls and may account for the fact that so many of the polls have been off this year.
Distinctly Catholic: Yesterday, at the University of Notre Dame, this year's Laetare Medal was awarded jointly to Vice President Joe Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner.