Distinctly Catholic: Last night, the curtain came down on the primary season and the nation was treated to a dress rehearsal of the general election.
At Politico, a report on Donald Trump's instructions to his surrogates to claim the media attacks on him are "racist." I watched several such surrogates do their best last night, but they got all twisted around, as you can imagine. Sorry Donald, but the fact that Judge Curiel belongs to a Latino lawyers organization is no more evidence of his intrinsic bias than membership in the Hibernian Society is a sign that the Irish are hopelessly incapable of disinterested assessment.
Distinctly Catholic: The fact that we, as a church, are still wrestling with how to confront the crime of clergy sexual abuse of minors invites all manner of emotional and programmatic responses.
I know that delectatio morosa is a sin. That said, this bizarre interview with Ken Starr seems like just, albeit tardy, desserts.
At Politico, Karl Jacoby conducts an historical survey of the border and discovers the times when Mexico thought it needed to build a wall to keep the U.S. out!
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed new rules to crackdown on payday loans, an industry that is built on the morally fraudulent goal of exploiting desperate, and mostly poor, people. Reuters has the story. And our friends at JubileeUSA have been active on this issue, as well as working on the Puerto Rico debt crisis.
Distinctly Catholic: Speaker of the House Paul Ryan caved yesterday and endorsed Donald Trump for the presidency of the United States.
At Religion & Politics, a fascinating interview with Daniel Williams about the pro-life and pro-choice movements before Roe v. Wade.
At Politico, the inimitable Jack Shafer on Trump: He is a four-year old and the press should treat him accordingly.
Distinctly Catholic: Campaigns to out church workers are vile and smack of McCarthyism and someone needs to stand up to the campaigners.
At Politico, Ben White fills in the blanks on Trump's wealth and its sources.