Distinctly Catholic: As Pope Francis intends it, accompaniment and a culture of encounter presume that both parties to the accompaniment have something to learn, from each other but also from God.
In the era of fake news, it is always worthwhile to ask oneself if what you are hearing corresponds to reality. So, for example, if President Trump tweets "the moon is made of cheese" we should ask ourselves if it is a plausible claim. Not included in that "we" would be those who work for Breitbart News, especially disgraced former clerics who work for Breitbart News.
Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis poses the question to the church today: Is the Gospel, as we proclaim it, still good news to the poor?
In the Washington Post, a good comparison of the House GOP health care bill and the Affordable Care Act. It may be too soon to offer a prediction about how this will all play out, but it is more than curious that the rural hospitals already having a hard time keeping their doors open are likely to find that task even harder under the GOP dispensation. I wonder where all those Trump voters will go when they need health care?
Distinctly Catholic: Amoris Laetitia contains three sentences that define the reforms that Pope Francis seeks for the church.
Whoever handles the twitter feed for the Diocese of Syracue may have been tweeting put sweet nothings to President Trump this last weekend ("Please pray for wisdom and God's guidance for @POTUS as he implements his 'bold agenda' for America" the tweet read, although it has since been taken down) but the Bishop of Syracuse had some sharper words about the president's agenda as it relates to refugees.
Distinctly Catholic: The Trump administration's ties to a Russian government that is an enemy of the U.S. reveal a deep kind of intellectual and moral corruption.
Apparently, the Washington Post doesn't put online the graphics that accompany Chris Cillizza's Monday morning edition of "The Fix." Cillizza lists the best things that happened to each of the two parties in the previous weeks, and then, to the right of those entries, lists important numbers that disclose an important political reality.
Distinctly Catholic: The best reason not to invite Donald Trump to be graduation speaker is that such an invitation would help normalize his presidency and its threat to democracy.
At Politico, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross says he and his team are busy finding regulations to eliminate. Mark my words: Ross may prove one of the more dangerous members of Team Trump, not least because a lot of the Russian connections come back to him. More on the Trump Russia problems next week.