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Thanks & Kudos to Robert Christian


I want to extend publicly my profound thanks to Robert Christian for filling in for me last week and to express my kudos to him for the quality of his posts. You can continue to follow Robert's writings at the online journal Millennial, which he edits. I am happy to report that I used the time off to largely tame my backyard and that last night, we put down rugs everywhere and gave Ambrose, my St. Bernard who had surgery in May, the run of the house for the first time in four months. Both projects were blessedly uneventful.

Note to Readers


It has been more than two years since I have taken a week off, in part because I really do look forward to getting up each morning, scanning the newspaper, visiting a few key websites - Vatican Bollettino, Vatican Insider, Rocco - and figuring out what I want to write about. But, I have a bunch of books I need to read, and a backyard that has come to resemble a jungle and needs some heavy duty attention. So, next week, I will not be writing. Fear not, faithful "Distinctly Catholic" fans - these pages will not go dark. Earlier this month, I asked Robert Christian to fill in for me.

Tension Between Foggy Bottom & USCIRL


Mark Silk pays much closer attention to these issues than I do, so pay attention when he notes some interesting tensions between the State Department and the U.S. Commission on International Religious Liberty. I have long been suspicious of the State Department ever since I learned about their distressing attempts to frustrate U.S. support for the creation of the State of Israel after World War II.


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July 14-27, 2017