The most important debate today in the estuary where Catholicism intersects with public life is between those whose hearts warm to the libertarianism of the age, specifically as it finds expression in devotion to market economics, and those of us whose minds are suspicious of such inclinations. John Gehring, at the American Prospect, made his case and now Samuel Gregg, at Public Discourse, has replied.
Distinctly Catholic: As of this morning, Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight.com gives the Democrats a 74 percent chance of retaking the Senate. Good.
At Our Sunday Visitor, Bishops Chris Coyne and Danny Flores discuss Amoris Laetitia in a very interesting podcast.
Distinctly Catholic: Last week, Archbishop Charles Chaput delivered another classic culture warrior speech, and his view of the church concerns me.
In the Washington Post, Charles Krauthammer reminds of what was really disturbing about the Wikileaks emails: Clinton is not entirely sure why she is running to be president according to her closest aides.
Distinctly Catholic: Donald Trump completely misunderstood the nature of the Al Smith dinner and was the first candidate in history to be booed.
At Politico, the influence of Kris Kobach on Trump. Kobach is one of the most sinister political influences in the country.
Distinctly Catholic: Clinton was steady last night, but she did not "win" the debate so much as Trump lost it.
At the Washington Post, Chris Hale of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good discusses the ridiculous charges being made about that organization.
At RNS, Mark Silk on Trump's delegitimization strategy. At first I thought Silk was overstating the case but on second and third thought, I am not so sure.
Distinctly Catholic: The video and statements by USCCB president Archbishop Joseph Kurtz about the U.S. presidential election are puzzling and disturbing.