Distinctly Catholic: As they prepare for their plenary session in November, the bishops need to start thinking through two issues if they want to be both serious and successful in their defense of religious liberty.
In the Washington Post, activists push for the release of Edward Snowden. There was a time when I admired the work of groups like the ACLU and Amnesty International. That was before they got taken over by ideologues who lack all sense of moral proportion.
Distinctly Catholic: I crave a candidate who has the capacity to diagnose the divisions within our society and to help heal them, but the American people have to demand one.
Pope Francis led a memorial Mass for Fr. Jacques Hamel, the priest of the Archdiocese of Rouen, who was killed by an ISIS inspired terrorist while celebrating Mass. The Holy Father said that killing in the name of God is "satanic." Vatican Radio has the story.
Distinctly Catholic: Journalism is never free from value judgments, but that does not mean that there are no objective standards either.
At Commonweal, Rick Garnett eloquently displays the angst of a conservative Republican Catholic this election cycle. I do not share his view that Mrs. Clinton is spectacularly worse than most politicians, but I share his concerns about her character. I just think the rest of them are as bad, and on both sides of the aisle.
Distinctly Catholic: The view presented in a recent essay by Todd A. Salzman and Michael G. Lawler about conscience is missing the possibility of growth and of grey.
At Politico, the Clinton campaign acknowledges they did not do a great job handling her “health incident.” Really? In addition to displaying the typical penchant for secrecy AGAIN, why not remind people that Churchill had pneumonia twice during World War II, as well as two heart attacks, remained in office, and lived another twenty years.
Distinctly Catholic: There are no more strict separationists, to be sure. But, that does not mean distinctions between politics and religion are useless.
At Politico, Republican analysts are beginning to think Trump might win and they are bemoaning the fact that he lacks a ground game. They should be bemoaning the prospect of him winning: I can think of nothing that would so destroy what is best in the Republican party as a Trump victory.