At RNS, John Gehring writes about Notre Dame's decision to award the Laetare Medal this year to Vice President Joe Biden and former Speaker of the House John Boehner. Patrick Reilly at the poorly named Cardinal Newman Society is in a tizzy about this award, but what to expect from a guy who got his start doing oppo research for Republicans on the Hill and then went on to work at Heritage. Gehring, conversely, hits all the right notes.
Distinctly Catholic: That Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego is convoking a diocesan synod to consider how to embrace Amoris Laetitia is both good news and important news.
Distinctly Catholic: Polling results register attitudes of voters if the electorate looks like the polling sample.
At Politico, the results of a new Quinnipiac poll indicate that the race between Secretary Clinton and Donald Trump is within the margin of error in Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Of course, the GOP race is concluded and Sen. Sanders is still deluding himself that he can win the Democratic nod, which may account for some of this, but I think the prospect of a Trump win is a lot more likely than some people think.
Distinctly Catholic: Our economic and social life must be predicated on the significance of workers, not consumers.
Mark DeMoss, a longtime member of the board at Liberty University, has resigned on account of Jerry Falwell, Jr's endorsement of Donald Trump. Falwell is the president of Liberty University and DeMoss worked closely with his dad, who founded the school. RNS has the story. To be clear: This is a fight within a family, and I suspect we will see more such fights as people come to grips with the fact that Trump is the nominee.
Distinctly Catholic: A headline switch reveals a bias at The Washington Post that is not restricted to the opinion section.
At Politico, Matt Latimer outlines the seven signs of the apocalypse, I mean the twelve signs that Donald Trump might win the general election in November. Latimer is right about the importance of the large Midwestern industrial states: Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin, but he is wrong about the need for Hillary to reach out to Republicans in order to win. The last thing she needs to do is run to the center on jobs and the economy.
Distinctly Catholic:The pedigree of racist populism in the United States is long but it is not all ancient.
At the Catholic Catalogue, Providence College's Holly Taylor Coolman asks what Catholics can and should do now given the state of our nation's politics.