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.
The images from the Holy Father’s trip to Lesbos this weekend, where he visited a refugee camp, were so moving that you could feel your heart climb into your throat. The pictures of the three families of refugees climbing the stairs onto the papal plane took one’s breath away. The photo showing the Holy Father standing, flanked by the Greek Archbishop and the Ecumenical Patriarch, as they prayed and tossed wreathes into the water, that photo also bespoke a changed reality in the way the Christian Church encounters the culture in the age of Francis.
Apparently, there will be no photo op for Bernie Sanders with the Pope. As I wrote at the beginning of the week, he should have been more concerned about the Catholics in Rome, New York than the Catholics in Rome, Italy. That said, the senator gave a fine speech and you can find the text here.
The opening statements at last night’s Democratic presidential debate featured both candidates playing to type: Sen. Bernie Sanders delivered a jeremiad against the influence of money in politics and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offered a more visionary, upbeat pitch, firmly focused on the future. These are both tropes that go back to the first decades of English settlement in the Western Hemisphere, with Sanders in the role of Cotton Mather and Clinton in the role of John Winthrop.
More from the anti-Pope Francis brigade: Fr. Zuhlsdorf has found a nickname for Amoris Laetitia: He suggests Familiaris divortio. This is so disrespectful. Again, I pose the question: Can you imagine this kind of disrespect being leveled at Pope John Paul II? I took a class with the conservatives' theological demon, Fr.
Yesterday was Puerto Rico Day at the U.S. Congress. The 65th Infantry Regiment, known as the “Borinqueneers,” received the Congressional Gold Medal for their long service to the armed forces of the United States. And, in a different part of the Capitol building, negotiations began in earnest over legislation designed to help the island climb out of its fiscal and humanitarian crisis.