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RC Millennials & Climate Change


Dan DiLeo, writing at Millennial Journal, has a good article on why Catholic Millennials need to step up in the fight to put climate change more centrally on the political agenda of the nation - and the world. Part of the reason? For more than twenty years, our popes have been speaking very forcefully on the topic, indeed, often in ways that would get them labeled a socialist or worse by Fox News!

Silk on Gallup's Survey


The Sage of Hartford, Mark Silk,  looks at Gallup's latest survey on Americans' perceptions of the influence of religion. As ever, he brings a scholar's cautions to the data and enlightens the findings for the rest of us. Silk is an example of contemporary scholarship at its best, using the resources of the academy to comment on events, and in a manner, accessible to the rest of us. Good stuff.

Bishops Address G-8 Summit


The USCCB has posted a press release and the text of a letter signed by Cardinal Timothy Dolan and the presidents of the episcopal conferences of other G-8 nations, sent to the heads of government in advance of the G-8 annual summit. The letter is quite forceful in calling for a more just and equitable distribution of the earth's resources. I think it is fair to say that the text of the letter was not drafted by our friends at either the Acton Institute or the INstitute for Religion & Democracy.

Prudence & Mr. Carr


The Institute on Religion & Democracy has a new rising star, Ms. Marjorie Jeffrey, who has decided to tackle my friend John Carr in this commentary at their website. Her charge: Carr has abandoned, or at least slighted, the cardinal virtue of prudence in an article in which he called out cafeteria Catholics on the right who invoke prudential judgment as a kind of get-out-jail-free card, as Meghan Clark memorably termed it.


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June 16-29, 2017