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.
Last week, Fr. Robert Sirico, the head of the Acton Institute, testified before the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works at a hearing on climate change. The internet lit up with this video of an exchange between Fr. Sirico and Senator Barbara Boxer (the exchange begins at 1:17, but the whole thing is pretty distressing):
At Millennial, Daniel Petri raises some important points about the continued significance of just war theory and why nonviolent alternatives have little to say about crises such as the one in Syria.
Yesterday, I began my review of Cathleen Kaveny’s new book, Prophecy Without Contempt: Religious Discourse in the Public Square.
Distinctly Catholic: Cathleen Kaveny’s new book is a monumental achievement, and a much-needed addition to the academic and societal conversation about the role of religion in public life.
From our friends at JubileeUSA, it turns out that the humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico is even worse than previously estimated. A new study indicates that 57 percent of the children on the island are in households living below the poverty line. These are the people who should be made to pay up so that the hedge funds can reap an exorbitant profit?
Distinctly Catholic: Tony Spence's forced resignation warrants attention for reasons that transcend the particulars of the case.
At RNS, Charles Camosy opines on who is not "paying his fair share"....Bernie Sanders! I think the level of charitable giving is not the problem. The 13.5 marginal tax rate is devastating. About the same as Mitt Romney.