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.
Distinctly Catholic: I would like to talk about the two big lies at the heart of Trump's candidacy.
As we get closer to the election, candidates will make their pitch to the editorial boards of various newspapers, seeking their endorsement. Donald Trump appears to have a lock on one such endorsement: NKNews.org has deemed him "wise" and "far-sighted." NKNews.org is the official state paper of North Korea.