Distinctly Catholic: Francis isn't a socialist, but a radical Christian who takes Jesus Christ's command to exclude no one and put the poor first seriously.
Distinctly Catholic: Why the rush to defend Donald Trump by many prominent Catholics and other religious leaders? An answer may be found in the theory of voter rationalization.
You would think the Archbishop had better things to do with his time. His Grace of Philadelphia felt the need to comment about Justice Scalia. I can assure him that many people who have been on the losing end of Scalia's rulings do not share his assessment.
The Republican establishment is carrying their hearts and, more importantly, their checkbooks to Sen. Marco Rubio as fast as they can. These are the same people who lavished former Gov. Jeb Bush with over $100 million to spend on his campaign, and it earned him all of four delegates before he suspended his campaign Saturday night.
From our friends at JubileeUSA, a U.S. judge is set to lift the sanctions imposed on Argentina after it failed to come to terms with hedge funds holding out for full repayment of their loans. All other creditors negotiated a settlement, but the hedge funds were, and are, willing to impoverish millions so that they can garner an obscene return on investment.
Politics always involves unexpected twists and turns. Candidates know that an unseen banana peel could cause them to fall at any moment. But, in the wake of Saturday’s caucus in Nevada and primary in South Carolina, the outcome of the presidential nominating contests became far more certain than they had been previously and it is looking like next November voters will be choosing between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and businessman Donald Trump.
From Newsday, a report on Cardinal Peter Turkson's talk at Molloy College, and the panel discussion that followed.
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro, and this election cycle is nothing if not weird. Now, Pope Francis has waded into the U.S. elections, commenting on a question posed to him about Donald Trump during the press conference on the flight back from Mexico to Rome.
Let’s read the text from the official transcript:
In the New York Times, Linda Greenhouse looks at Justice Scalia's legacy, and how he uniquely furthered the polarization and politicization of the Supreme Court.
The difference could not be more stark. Pope Francis, in Ciudad Juarez yesterday, called for justice for migrants and an economic structure that serves people before profits and measures its health by the degree to which it includes everybody. Meanwhile, the Republican party’s presidential candidates are falling all over themselves to see who can be the toughest on immigration and the idea that profit is not the final arbiter of economic relations is viewed not just skeptically but as a kind of heresy.