At the Hill, Eric LeCompte of JubileeUSA explains why repealing section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank legislation, which required transparency by big oil and other extraction industries of their payments to developing countries, is a truly bad idea. That doesn't mean the Republican-controlled Congress won't do it. It does mean that they are in the pocket of the big oil companies.
Distinctly Catholic: Countering Trump's answer, protesters and prelates offered a different vision of our national identity this weekend, one that spoke to the better angels of our nature.
In the category "most repulsive article by a Catholic" on Islam and the "threat" it poses, I nominate this column at Crisis by William Kilpatrick, formerly of Boston College. Not only does he misunderstand Islam, he misunderstands the history of anti-Catholicism. For example, take what he says about the relationship of sharia law to U.S. law, and then re-read the sentence with the words "canon law" appearing wherever he writes about sharia. Bigotry on stilts, to borrow a phrase and an indictment.
Distinctly Catholic: President Trump is expected to make his first nomination to the Supreme Court tonight. I will not be surprised if the Democrats decide it is time for payback.
In the Washington Post, Anne Frank and her family were denied refugee status.
Distinctly Catholic: Just as the church has stood up for the unborn, we must stand up for the undocumented now, before the debate becomes normalized around the president's terms.
At HuffPost, Carol Kuruvilla on the Rev. Franklin Graham's declaration that President Trump's decision to bar refugees from Syria is "not a Bible issue." The good reverend did not disclose which Bible he was consulting in making this judgment.
I post Archbishop Charles Chaput's latest column without comment. I am rarely speechless but this left me speechless.
Distinctly Catholic: The U.S.A. does not face an immigration crisis. There is no drastic epidemic of violent crime perpetrated by undocumented immigrants. None of this mattered to our new president.
In the Denver Post, the Knights of Columbus face a lawsuit alleging that they inflate their numbers and that their life insurance program is "one step removed form a classic Ponzi scheme." A spokesman for the K of C denies the allegations. Stay tuned.
At RNS, Mark Sillk on the Holy Father's interview at El Pais, and specifically his comments on populism.
Distinctly Catholic: The pro-life movement's principals are excited by a pro-life White House. The movement should have every expectation of being burned by their association with President Donald Trump.