Glad to be back. I was abroad for a bit, leading a seminar on Catholic Social Teaching in the land of my ancestors, Poland. Thanks to our host at the European Centre of Communication and Culture and to the participants from several eastern European countries. It was a joy to share time and tales with our brothers and sisters in the faith and, let me tell you: They are terrified by the prospect of a Trump presidency in that part of the world. For them, NATO is a gift and Putin is a threat and a menace.
Distinctly Catholic: Jones writes about the role gay rights issues have played in the recent history of white Christian America.
Distinctly Catholic: With his new book, The End of White Christian America, Robert P. Jones establishes himself in the top ranks of public intellectuals on the American left.
Distinctly Catholic: The myth of upward mobility did not concern early Americans, and the vastness of the continent provided a ready alternative for the poor.
Distinctly Catholic: This election, even more than the last two, has exposed some of the deepest fault lines in the American experience. Issues of race, class and religion stalk every campaign speech, every campaign advertisement, every poll and every pundit.
At the Washington Post, Mike Gerson continues his thoroughly appropriate and well reasoned moral jeremiad against Trump and those who tolerate his racism.
Distinctly Catholic: As they prepare for their plenary session in November, the bishops need to start thinking through two issues if they want to be both serious and successful in their defense of religious liberty.
In the Washington Post, activists push for the release of Edward Snowden. There was a time when I admired the work of groups like the ACLU and Amnesty International. That was before they got taken over by ideologues who lack all sense of moral proportion.
Distinctly Catholic: I crave a candidate who has the capacity to diagnose the divisions within our society and to help heal them, but the American people have to demand one.
Pope Francis led a memorial Mass for Fr. Jacques Hamel, the priest of the Archdiocese of Rouen, who was killed by an ISIS inspired terrorist while celebrating Mass. The Holy Father said that killing in the name of God is "satanic." Vatican Radio has the story.