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.
Distinctly Catholic: Trump won for a reason, a singular reason. While we in the media were focused on him, he was focused on his core message: He would bring change.
At Politico, former president Jimmy Carter is, so far, the only former president to RSVP that he will be attending the inauguration. My respect for George W. Bush is on the uptick.
Distinctly Catholic: President Barack Obama got to thumb his nose at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a fitting conclusion to a disastrous Mideast policy.
Tomorrow, Martin Scorsese's movie “Silence” opens at select theaters.
A friend predicted that the right would be the first to turn on Trump. Politico reports on Newt Gingrich already sowing doubts, and Newt doesn't represent the Mike Gerson wing of conservatism but the populist, Tea Party wing, now better known as Trump's base.
At RNS, Martin Marty reflects on a story about suicide rates among Irish priests that appeared here at NCR.
Distinctly Catholic: Fr. Robert Imbelli has an essay on "the obedience of faith" that warrants special attention from both left- and right-leaning Catholics.
In the New York Times, Ross Douthat takes aim at Austen Ivereigh on the issues surrounding Amoris Laetitia. I just want to tell Douthat to exhale. We are not in a "crisis of orthodoxy," but we are seeing something unprecedented: The dubia Douthat defends are not actually dubia; they do not raise questions in good faith.
Distinctly Catholic: USSCB's behavior regarding the announcement of its working group to promote advocacy for immigrants raises some suspicions about the conference's motivations.
In Politico, a story about how the city of Albuquerque, New Mexico, by giving the homeless a job for a day, is helping some of them find a bit of human dignity and even longer term employment. Is it too much to hope that cities will become the laboratories of democracy again?