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Profile of Denis McDonough


President Obama is expected to announce that Denis McDonough will be his new chief of staff. This is one of the top jobs in Washington, and McDonough has been a friend to the Church during his tenure at the national Security Council. His brother is a priest who was Vicar General of the Archdiocese of St. Paul. This profile of McDonough ran in this morning's Washington Post.  

Kaveny Replies


Over at Commonweal, Cathleen Kaveny has replied to my post the other day, which was a reply to her earlier post on religious liberty. She promises more soon, so I shall wait until then to reply. I will say that Kaveny is making the best case for the exemptions the administration presented, better than anything I have heard from the administration.  

Gun Control: Can It Happen?


I have voiced the concern previously that the debate over gun control could crowd out other issues, and that I fear the prospect of meaningful gun control is so low, it seems a questionable political calculation to pursue mediocre gun control if that makes real, substantive progress on other issues less likely. “Seek joy where joy may be found” is one of my most closely held beliefs.



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In This Issue

October 21-November 3, 2016

  • Reformation's anniversary brings commemorations, reconsiderations
  • Picks further diversify College of Cardinals
  • Editorial: One-issue obsession imperils credibility
  • Special Section [Print Only]: SAINTS