Distinctly Catholic: I agree with Tom Reese that the latest Pew study on Americans and religion should have asked about music.
At the Washington Post, best reason to be proud to be Catholic? Aaron Blake on Trump's Catholic problem: Hillary is clobbering him among RCs. I suspect that the reason is, as John Gehring is quoted as saying, that our RC DNA is more allergic to nativism than that of your average Protestant's DNA.
Distinctly Catholic: It is hard to sympathize with Bill and Hillary Clinton as they find themselves embroiled in controversy over the Clinton Foundation.
No journalist has distinguished himself this election cycle more than Michael Gerson, a Republican who wrote speeches for George W. Bush and who has long championed the compassionate conservatism agenda we associate with the White House Faith-Based Office. His commentaries on the significance of Donald Trump have been splendid. His latest is extraordinary even by his already high standards.
Distinctly Catholic: Two years in a row now we have these powerful statements that reveal the profound depth of Francis' Gospel readings in a shorter, more pithy form.
At Commonweal, Tony Annett on George Weigel's essential blind spot: When others diverge from the Church's teaching, they are bad Catholics, but when he diverges, the Church is wrong.
At RNS, Martin Marty on the on-going efforts at reconciliation between Catholics and Lutherans, and why it is both a good thing and a remarkable thing, even if no one is writing about it.
Distinctly Catholic: Donald Trump's candidacy is forcing the bishops to recognize it is not enough to consider "the issues" in choosing a presidential candidate.
At the Washington Post, Michael Tesler argues that economic insecurity is not causing racial tension, but precisely the reverse: The increase in racial tension is driving the increase in feelings of economic insecurity. It is one of the great myths of secularism, of both the left and the right, that the most powerful driving force is always economics.
Distinctly Catholic: Today I conclude my review of Mary Eberstadt's book It's Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies.
At Crux, Carl Anderson has a strange essay, the title of which says Catholics should prioritize abortion when they consider how they will vote, citing the example of Mother Teresa. When you read the article, alas, you realize the title is misleading. First, Anderson does not make the case for prioritizing abortion, but essentially argues that it be absolutized. Pope Francis famously said that we Catholics cannot be obsessed only with abortion, same sex marriage and contraception.