Over at Nineteen Sixty-Four, the blog of the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), there's a quirky post about the fact that most of the potential challengers to Hillary Rodham Clinton in 2016 in both the Democratic primaries and a general election are Roman Catholics and what that fact does and does not mean.
Politico has the story. The U.S. Senate yesterday agreed to begin debate on the immigration bill by an overwhelming margin, 82-15. This does not mean the bill will garner 82 votes for passage, to be sure. But it does mean Republicans realize they cannot look like they are simply rejectionists on this measure. Of course, Louisiana Sen.
Vatican Insider has the story -- alas, not in English -- about the complete exoneration of Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez Nieves of San Juan, Puerto Rico. This is very good news for the people of San Juan and for those of us lucky enough to consider Gonzalez a friend.
Yesterday, an unofficial transcript of a discussion the Holy Father had with six religious men and women from Latin America, the leadership of the Religious Confederation of Latin America and the Caribbean (
At The Huffington Post, Professor Charles Reid of St. Thomas University Law School talks the alarming facts surrounding student loans. For example, in the not-too-distant past, college graduates were more likely to buy a home; today, the reverse is true. This is alarming indeed.
Over at The New Republic, Robert Chesney and Benjamin Wittes note the important differences between the Post's "leaks" story and the Guardian's and why we shouldn't be surprised by the first but that the second actually discloses something new. This is very complicated stuff, and I have not yet opined on it while I seek to learn more. But one thing is already clear as day to me: Mr. Edward Snowden should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Rocco Palmo has the account -- unofficial account -- of a recent meeting between Pope Francis and a group of religious men and women from Latin America. Stunning.
Distinctly Catholic: Some of CCHD's grant recipients in Illinois could lose their funding because of a partner's support of same-sex marriage. It's a witch hunt.
Over at Vatican Insider, Cardinal Godfried Danneels of Belgium states that opening civil marriage to same-sex couples is a positive development, even though he wants a different word to differentiate it from traditional marriage.
In this morning's USA Today, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, president of the USCCB, has an opinion piece on immigration reform.