Distinctly Catholic: The GOP failed on health care reform, but Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin declares that tax reform is "a lot simpler. It really is." No, it really isn't.
The next time a libertarian rants about the "nanny state" or a moderate Republican complains about too much government regulation, ask them to read this article at Bloomberg. Occupational safety is not something businesses are inclined to pay much attention to unless the government forces them to do so. The article is also shows how low wages stay in place unless the workers are organized.
Distinctly Catholic: Thank God for the Freedom Caucus. It was the caucus, and their allies, that killed the "repeal and replace Obamacare" bill.
At Politico, the blame game begins, even before the vote as President Trump lashes out at the Freedom Caucus over their continued opposition to the health care bill. This bill should fail, albeit not for the reasons the Freedom Caucus opposes it, but if it were to pass, the only good thing would be that said caucus would be severely crippled. On the other hand, if the vote fails, Trump will be severely crippled.
Distinctly Catholic: Democrats should vote for Gorsuch, but they should establish that opposition to a nominee's judicial philosophy will justify a no, going forward.
Cardinal William Keeler, former Archbishop of Baltimore and a leader in interreligious dialogue, has gone to God. He was, as Cardinal Donald Wuerl said in a statement, " a beloved pastor of souls, exemplary leader, and a respected collaborator in ministry." His titular church in Rome, Santa Maria degle Angeli e dei Martiri, is one of my favorites.
Tuesday I wrote about some of the reasons why the House GOP health care bill should not pass. Today is the big vote and so we pose different questions: Will it pass and what are the repercussions of its passage or its failure?
The administrative committee of the USCCB issued a "pastoral reflection" on immigration at the close of their meeting this week. What they say is fine and needed to be said, yet I can't help noticing that they did not once use the word "undocumented" and note that this is an adjective with no theological or ecclesial significance. The full-throated opposition to the contraception mandate is nowhere to be found in regard to Trump's far more threatening actions and rhetoric towards immigrants.
Distinctly Catholic: Comparisons between Presidents Donald Trump and Richard Nixon have begun to percolate more loudly than a noisy coffee machine on a cold, quiet morning.
At Telemundo, video of a townhall meeting about the fear that has overtaken the immigrant community. The event was held at Immaculate Conception church in Chicago, Fr. Manny Dorantes and Sr. Norma Pimentel were on the panel, and Chicago's archbishop, Cardinal Blase Cupich attended the event.