First, a clarification. I received a note from Kristina Arriaga, the executive director of the Becket Fund, who was concerned that in my article yesterday, readers might have thought I was tagging Becket Fund with Trump's anti-Muslim attacks. To be clear, Becket worked with the Knights of Columbus and the U.S. bishops on the HHS mandate. They have been wonderful fighting for the religious rights of Muslims, including last year's Supreme Court case Holt v. Hobbs. It was Carl Anderson, not Becket Fund, whom I chided for failing to mention Trump's anti-Muslim bigotry.
Commentary: Yesterday, I looked at the moral challenge posed by the Republican party this year, and today I would like to look at what the state of the Democratic party says about the moral health of the party and the country.
At the Knights of Columbus convention, Cardinal Donald Wuerl gave a fine sermon to the assembled Knights, toughing on the theme of their meeting, and weaving it into the themes of the pontificate of Pope Francis and, indeed, the themes of the Gospel.
Commentary: I would like to examine the Trump candidacy through the lens of one of the most prominent conservative Catholics in the country: Carl Anderson.
Good news from Kansas: Tea Party incumbent Cong. Tom Huelskamp lost his Republican primary yesterday to a moderate. Additionally, sixteen "Brownback" members of the state legislature were also defeated in their primaries, losing to more moderate Republicans. A sane, moderate Republican is a priceless commodity these days. Let's hope we can find them in places other than Kansas.
Commentary: Yesterday, I looked at the state of the race for the Republicans and Donald Trump. Today, let's look at the Democrats
At Politico, Jeff Greenfield writes about what we don't know about the election, namely, who will turn out come November. The money quote:
Commentary: So far, every time has said something that would have disqualified any other candidate, Trump proved that he was not any other candidate.
At Slate, Jamelle Bouie argues that the optimism of last week's Democratic convention was rooted in the experiences and rhetoric of the black church. I am not sure I follow his argument: Is pluralism a distinguishing feature of the black church? But, he is on to something.
Commentary: None of the fears about conservative Polish episcopate clashing with Pope Francis during his visit for World Youth Day materialized.