Distinctly Catholic: It's no secret that I'm a University of Connecticut fan, and with the UConn women's basketball team's 107 consecutive wins, March Madness this year is especially thrilling.
From the Catholic Labor Network, good news that the Loyola University of Chicago is establishing a task force on just employment. After some problems in the past, it is good to see the school's new president, Jo Ann Mulloy, stepping up to the plate and recognizing that part of a Catholic university's Catholic identity is treating its workers in a manner that coheres with Catholic social doctrine.
Distinctly Catholic: Every U.S. bishop who has a hospital in their diocese needs to speak out to the repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
At New York magazine, Johnathan Chait has a great post about Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's reaction when Tucker Carlson asks him about tax cuts for the rich.
Distinctly Catholic: Republicans have a hard time reforming insurance programs which are, in their very nature, redistributive. Alas, the GOP's libertarian instincts have kicked in.
At the website of the Archdiocese of Chicago, Cardinal Blase Cupich's homily at a special Mass kicking off that city's St. Patrick's day celebrations at Old. St. Pat's. I am told his words were well received as well they should be.
Distinctly Catholic: In a sense, Pope Francis' reforms are already working; they have already set the church on a different trajectory.
Distinctly Catholic: As Pope Francis intends it, accompaniment and a culture of encounter presume that both parties to the accompaniment have something to learn, from each other but also from God.
In the era of fake news, it is always worthwhile to ask oneself if what you are hearing corresponds to reality. So, for example, if President Trump tweets "the moon is made of cheese" we should ask ourselves if it is a plausible claim. Not included in that "we" would be those who work for Breitbart News, especially disgraced former clerics who work for Breitbart News.
Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis poses the question to the church today: Is the Gospel, as we proclaim it, still good news to the poor?