At the Washington Post, Mark Rozell on the emerging split between conservative Catholics and conservative white evangelicals and the issue of Donald Trump. Is this the Pope Francis effect? Has the work of many of us on the Catholic Left been more effective than we had previously thought?
Distinctly Catholic: Presidential debate moderators would do well to take notes about why the "Commander-in-Chief" forum went so poorly and to be prepared to hold the candidates to the truth.
Distinctly Catholic: Now that summer has ended and we head into the final two months of the election cycle, let's look at some voter guides directed specifically at people of faith.
In this morning's Washington Post, a profile of a French imam, Tareq Oubrou, in Bordeaux, and his vision for a French expression of Islam.
Distinctly Catholic: I worry about the degree to which bishops have become fundraisers and how this task exposes them to the thoughts and biases of the wealthy.
At Commonweal, John Gehring delivers some good, robust thoughts on the alliance between organized labor and organized religion (that would be us RCs) in advance of Labor Day. I have less and less confidence in the ability of the Democratic Party to become the vehicle for social justice, especially in the economic realm, unless labor and religion links arms and force the powers that be to confront the insane inequities of our current economic zeitgeist. Need an example?
Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis' message marking the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation is not the kind of document you expect to be exciting, but inserting care for creation into the works of mercy is a stroke of genius.
Maybe I am stuck in a long nightmare, but I recall seeing something about this a couple of weeks back: Cardinal Raymond Burke, not content to judge the magisterial quality of a papal text, now stands in judgment of an Ecumenical Council, declaring Nostra Aetate is not a doctrinal document. Well, it sure as hell is not the menu at the local deli either.
Distinctly Catholic: Despite the contradictions in making another tough immigration speech and standing next to Mexico's president, yesterday was a good day for Donald Trump.