Distinctly Catholic: Donald Trump has assembled quite a line-up of clergy to pray or lead readings from the Scriptures at his inauguration.
One thing about Bishop Robert Lynch, who wrapped up his blog now that he is stepping down as the Bishop of St. Petersburg with one final post: The man has exquisite taste! Bishop Lynch has been an outstanding local bishop and a voice of sanity within the conference he once led as General Secretary. I was honored to get a nice shout out from him. Ad multos annos, Bishop Lynch!
Distinctly Catholic: Having one party in control of both the legislative and executive branches is not an oddity, but two things are different this year.
Everyone should read the homily the Holy Father delivered on New Year's Day. It explains exactly what the pope is trying to accomplish in the Church.
You can't always count on the secular press to really grasp what us religious folk are about, but the Guardian's editorial about Pope Francis was really on the money.
Distinctly Catholic: Looking ahead to 2017, thinking about what stories will emerge, may seem like a fool's errand, but I will point out some key issues we'll be covering.
Over at The Atlantic, Emma Green has a good interview that is kind of depressing, with Michael Wear, who ran faith outreach for Obama in 2012 and who has some damning things to say about today's Democratic Party and the religious illiteracy of those with whom he worked in the administration.
Distinctly Catholic: Amid a divided church and a divided polity, look to Cardinals Blase Cupich and Joseph Tobin to increasingly drive the hierarchy's message in the public square.
I sympathize with E. J. Dionne who, in this morning's Washington Post, is grabbing for straws as he seeks a ray of sunshine on the political horizon. But, I think the clouds are darker, and the rays of sunshine thinner, than Dionne perceives.
Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis knows that only with the heart of the Gospel, God's mercy, can the church find new life, and the Jubilee Year got the message out.
At Religion Digital, the Spanish language website, Cameron Doody picks up my story about the outrageous "sample homily" posted by the USCCB as part of their materials for National Migration Week. The homily is still posted at the USCCB. Should we count the days until they remove it? My article was posted on December 20, so it has been eight days.