Distinctly Catholic: Listening to Donald Trump's "serious" speech on foreign policy yesterday, complete with a teleprompter, brought a Winston Churchill quote to mind
In the Pittsburgh Post Gazette, Peter Smith looks at the role of religion in Pennsylvania's GOP primary. This is a smart piece with one obvious mistake: Jerry Falwell Jr. is not a Reverend; His brother Jonathan is.
Distinctly Catholic: Is Trump a victim? How about having two Methodists in the White House?
Distinctly Catholic: Not for the first or last time, Mr. Trump provokes wildly different reactions.
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.