In the Chicago Tribune, Manya Braechar Pashamn on one of the oddest developments in the Trump era: Increased interreligious cooperation.
President doesn't see the urgency. Trump's executive orders rolling back environmental protection aren't just wrong, they're dangerous. We can't afford to lose four years in our care of creation.
Distinctly Catholic: Democrats need to avoid the consultants and get ahead of the polls with their message that government should serve the common good.
At RNS, Mark Silk voices his sympathy for, and analyzes the predicament of, Russell Moore, the head of the Southern Baptist Convention's Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission.
Distinctly Catholic: The GOP failed on health care reform, but Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin declares that tax reform is "a lot simpler. It really is." No, it really isn't.
The next time a libertarian rants about the "nanny state" or a moderate Republican complains about too much government regulation, ask them to read this article at Bloomberg. Occupational safety is not something businesses are inclined to pay much attention to unless the government forces them to do so. The article is also shows how low wages stay in place unless the workers are organized.
Distinctly Catholic: Thank God for the Freedom Caucus. It was the caucus, and their allies, that killed the "repeal and replace Obamacare" bill.
At Politico, the blame game begins, even before the vote as President Trump lashes out at the Freedom Caucus over their continued opposition to the health care bill. This bill should fail, albeit not for the reasons the Freedom Caucus opposes it, but if it were to pass, the only good thing would be that said caucus would be severely crippled. On the other hand, if the vote fails, Trump will be severely crippled.
Distinctly Catholic: Democrats should vote for Gorsuch, but they should establish that opposition to a nominee's judicial philosophy will justify a no, going forward.
Cardinal William Keeler, former Archbishop of Baltimore and a leader in interreligious dialogue, has gone to God. He was, as Cardinal Donald Wuerl said in a statement, " a beloved pastor of souls, exemplary leader, and a respected collaborator in ministry." His titular church in Rome, Santa Maria degle Angeli e dei Martiri, is one of my favorites.