Distinctly Catholic: The faux-War on Christmas is hooey best ignored. Until it results in an Electoral College victory, at which point you can no longer ignore it.
At Politico, a report on the growing infiltration of the Trump administration by people drawn from the Koch Brothers network, a network that employs 1,200 people and spent three quarters of a million dollars in the last election cycle. That kind of reach would not be ignored by any incoming president, even one whom the Koch Brothers refused to support. The worry is that in search of a governing ideology, the famously peripatetic Trump may glom onto the worst ideologically driven agenda in the country.
The Church in Cuba: Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez of San Juan Puerto Rico reflects on the more than 60 trips he has made to Cuba since 1989.
An open letter from a Bishop Papamanolis, OFM Cap, of Greece to the four cardinals, asking them to retract their challenge to the pope and stop causing scandal. (h/t to Rocco)
Distinctly Catholic: The case of the four cardinals challenging the pope to clarify parts of Amoris Laetitia reminds me of an earlier and similarly painful episode.
At Millennial, Meghan Clark has another great article on the election, this time focusing on the inexplicable silence of Church leaders on the subject of sexual assault.
Distinctly Catholic: Having been in Italy for five days, I have a new perspective on what the Donald Trump election and presidency means.
Saturday, When Pope Francis conferred the red hat on Blase Cupich, Kevin Farrell and Joe Tobin, he inaugurated a new day for the church in the United States.
Distinctly Catholic: While reading Mathew Schmalz's book, one catches glimpses of spiritual insight which reveal the way mercy is the foundation of any authentic Christian spirituality.
Distinctly Catholic: Mercy Matters: Opening yourself to the Life-giving Gift is not the kind of book I normally review because it is not the kind of book I normally read.