Distinctly Catholic: President Obama was right to go to Hiroshima last week. He was right not to apologize for the decision made by Harry Truman, to drop the atomic bomb.
From the Diocese of St. Petersburg, Florida, the best bishop's retirement video ever. (h/t to Rocco)
Mark Silk, at RNS, in the hypocrisy of some Catholic colleges and universities for blocking efforts to form unions by their employees, even though the Catholic Church endorses the rights of workers to organize themselves. And, they hide behond claims of religious liberty to do it! Catholic identity indeed!
Distinctly Catholic: I grew up in the little town of Hampton, Connecticut, which then had a population of about 1,400 and today is home to some 2,000 souls.
In the Washington Post, Jared Bernstein, of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, explains why the Puerto Rico legislation negotiated b the Obama administration and Speaker Paul Ryan should be supported.
Distinctly Catholic: The secret to EWTN's success is that it is sectarian, not Catholic, and partisan not disinterested.
If you are looking for a reason to stop supporting Sen. Bernie Sanders, the senator from Vermont just provided you with the best one: He named Cornel West to the Democratic platform committee. Cong. Keith Ellison is a good appointment. So is Jim Zogby, although we disagree about Mideast policy. But, Cornel West? Is there a more predictable thinker in the academy?
Distinctly Catholic: Political leaders are ill-advised to lie about the big picture, and voters punish politicians who lie to them in ways that are meant to deceive the voters themselves.
From NPR, a segment featuring John Gehring, Director of Catholic Outreach at Faith and Public Life, discussing Pope Francis, religion and the upcoming election.
Distinctly Catholic: We have had a year to study the text and to ponder it and to pray over it. Now it is time to take action.
In this morning's Washington Post, E. J. Dionne on the need to link populist rhetoric with populist policies. In one sense Dionne is right, but it is not clear it will matter: Trump's verbiage and demeanor resonate with people and they are willing to overlook the fact that he does not have much in the way of policy proposals. If you think policy determines elections, ask President Al Gore if that's the case.