At Medium, John Gehring of Faith in Public Life delivers a home run, arguing that if you ask if Tim Kaine is a "Pope Francis Catholic" you are asking the wrong question. I would compare Gehring's lucid and bracing treatment of this topic with the chest thumping of our Republican friends in the Bush years. Gehring's commentary is what moral seriousness looks like.
Commentary: What promised to be a chaotic and divisive evening turned out to be less worrisome than feared for the Democrats.
In the LA Times, Charles Camosy and Kristen Day raise important questions about the Democrats' platform language on abortion. I do not think this election will be fought on abortion, but it definitely plays a bigger role in the midterms and, besides, the election this year might be plenty close.
Commentary: The Democrats need to acknowledge the anxieties people feel and highlight the evidence of resilience and perseverance that, working together, Americans can improve the country's future prospects.
Boston's Cardinal Sean O'Malley, OFM Cap, in Ireland for the re-dedication of the basilica at Knock, gave an interview in which he took questions on the clergy sex abuse crisis, Pope Francis and the reforms, and even on Donald Trump. I am especially glad the cardinal did not duck the question on Trump. The leadership of our Church must not do anything that would legitimate his hatefulness and must call it for what it is, just as the mild-mannered and soft spoken cardinal does here.
Distinctly Catholic: There's good news and bad news, following Donald Trump's speech last night.
At Minnesota Public Radio, a report on efforts by Archbishop John Nienstedt, then the archbishop of St. Paul, and Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, then the nuncio, to frustrate an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct made against +Nienstedt. The most disturbing allegation, one long rumored but one I could not confirm until now, is that +Vigano ordered church officials to destroy documents. I would remind readers that destroying documents in the midst of an investigation is probably illegal.
Distinctly Catholic: Mr. Trump promised us he did not want a boring convention. Last night he got his wish.
Distinctly Catholic: Gov. Chris Christie's speech, like most of the second night of the Republican National Convention, was an exercise in divisive, rhetorical hyperventilation.
Yesterday, I began my review of John McGreevy's American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious Order Made Modern Catholicism Global. I looked at the first two historical accounts with which McGreevy sketches his narrative, noting how these touched on issues of nationalism and Nativism, patriotism and education, religious liberty and religious submission, issues that are still with us and always will be.