At RNS, Mark Silk both applauds and chides Russell Moore of the Southern Baptist Conference. Hats off for Moore's distancing himself from Trump and calling out the Old Guard in the religious right for their failure to do the same, but hats back on for his failure to recognize that the whole raison d'etre of the religious right was to support the GOP.
Distinctly Catholic: In the business world, negotiations are almost always about things that can be denominated. Not so in the political realm.
Dr. Jeff Mirus, one of the founders of Christendom College and President of CatholicCulture.org, has a post up ironically entitled "The importance of words." I say it is ironic because, in an effort to take a swipe at Archbishop Blase Cupich, whose first name Mirus spells incorrectly, Mirus makes a yet bigger mistake. Commenting on an article Cupich published at L'Osservatore Romano, Mirus writes:
Distinctly Catholic: The USCCB has been largely pursuing a culture warrior agenda that has served the Church very badly, tempting some Catholics to give up on the conference.
If you are addicted to checking Nate Silver's fivethirtyeight.com blog, as I am, you have grown worried. It is not just that Clinton's chances of winning are now below 70 percent in al three analytic approaches, it is that the "polls plus" analytic now has Florida and North Carolina narrowly in the Trump column. Until last week, Clinton had a better shot at taking North Carolina than Trump did of winning Ohio, and that made me sleep easy at night. Next Tuesday is going to be close.
Distinctly Catholic: The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has some clear choices: Will they follow Pope Francis' direction, or will the conference continue in cultural warrior mode?
In this morning's Washington Post, Michael Gerson, who has been the voice of conscience for the country this election season, on the unsuitability of our choices but the preponderance of reasons not to vote for Trump. Partisans on both sides will not like what Gerson has to say, which is one big reason he is so worth listening to.
Distinctly Catholic: The Holy Father seemed pitch perfect during his visit to Sweden to join with Lutherans in a joint celebration of the Reformation.
At RNS, Mark Silk argues that the Al Smith dinner exposed Donald Trump for the boor that he is. This is true. But, what if Trump had used the event to normalize himself? It turns out that Lester Holt's even handed approach to moderating the first debate had a similar effect, but what if it hadn't? Democracies are not very well equipped to stop a demagogue.
Distinctly Catholic: The reinvestigation of Hillary Clinton's emails has cast a shadow on a campaign that already was full of ethical questions.