Sen. Bernie Sanders will head from the debate stage Thursday night to the airport, whence he will fly to Rome to participate in a conference marking the 25th anniversary of Centesimus Annus at the Vatican. His appearance at a Vatican-sponsored event raises some interesting questions for both the senator and those Vatican officials who thought this was a good idea.
At RealClearPolitics, Peter Berkowitz ponders how the GOP could win over moderates in key swing districts, but he needs to take off the rose colored glasses. As it currently stands, the scenario he sketches is impossible to bring to fruition with the current crop of candidates.
From start to finish in Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis challenges the church to do more than simply repeat the Catechism and harangue the fallen.
This is so splendid, I will make it the only item on my links page today.
Distinctly Catholic: I want to push back against some of the prebuttals to Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation and discuss what we can anticipate.
At Commonweal, Massimo Faggioli offers his curtain raiser to the apostolic exhortation due to be released Friday. I will offer mine tomorrow.
It was a good night for the two men currently in second place in their respective nominating contests, but it was not good enough for either. Sen. Ted Cruz and Sen. Bernie Sanders both won Wisconsin, and chipped into the delegate leads amassed by Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. But, is it enough?
In this morning's Washington Post, Michael Gerson on the importance of manners. The entire article makes an important point but I would especially call attention to his noting that morals and manners are very different, and that the latter is profoundly conditioned by culture. Then he writes: "But being relative does not make them trivial." The word "relativism" has been thrown around too lightly in RC circles.
Last week, I wrote about the need for the pro-life movement to be very smart. An example of the movement being both more smart and less so manifested itself in Indiana which passed a law banning abortions undertaken on account of fetal abnormality.
At the new, Knights of Columbus funded Crux, John Allen writes that the forthcoming apostolic exhortation may prove to be no big deal. I could not disagree more and will set forth my reasons in the next day or two.