How bad are things in Puerto Rico? AP reports that two cancer clinics had their power cut off because they could not pay the electric bill. We are waiting for the control board to be appointed and one of their first tasks, surely, will be to begin revamping PREPA, the island's publicly held utility which has so far been resistant to developing sustainable energy.
Distinctly Catholic: Party platforms do not matter as once they did, but the decision of this year's Democratic platform committee to adopt extreme positions on abortion-related issues is worrisome.
Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville, Texas posted a haunting statement from the Mexican bishops, 90 years ago, as they announced the cessation of public worship on account of the persecution of the Church. The ecclesiology of that statement may reflect duress, but it also points to something the Second Vatican Council would emphasize: All the baptized are charged with care for the Church and not just the clergy.
Distinctly Catholic: At the first joint campaign event with Sen. Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton vowed to pursue several of the policies he supported, and she specifically mentioned the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Distinctly Catholic: A group of 45 "scholars, prelates and clergy" have sent an appeal to the world's cardinals, asking them to implore Pope Francis to correct what they deem to be "erroneous propositions" in Amoris Laetitia.
The Christian Science Monitor kicks off a seven part series looking at the relationship of gay rights issues and religious liberty issues. A lot of the usual posturing but Tom Berg is the voice of reason and sanity in the article. Sadly, his is a lonely voice.
At Commonweal, Patrick Whelan reviews Scott Simon's memoir of his mother.
Here at NCR, and in line with my post this morning, Tom Gallagher on Archbishop Cupich's recourse to mediation as a means of resolving sex abuse claims at his prior posting in Spokane.
Distinctly Catholic: The appointment of Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich to the Congregation for Bishops certainly caused a stir yesterday. As a columnist, let me note today why it is consequential.