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.
Distinctly Catholic: The evident aim of the first night of the Republican National Convention was to scare the American people. It worked, but not how organizers may have intended.
John McGreevy has joined the global history parade with a book on a topic that is long overdue: American Jesuits and the World: How an Embattled Religious Order Made Modern Catholicism Global. This is a very enjoyable book to read as McGreevy paints five historical sketches of nineteenth century Jesuits, about whom too little is known and whose lives were fascinating, conflicted and important.
Distinctly Catholic: As the Republican National Convention begins in Cleveland, here are some things to look for over the next four days.
As if Puerto Rico did not have enough problems, the Environmental Protection Agency is failing to enforce its own orders to close landfills with toxic waste that threatens residential drinking water and worse. If Hillary Clinton is looking to do something on the environmental front, that also has innate appeal to Latino voters, she should promise to make Puerto Rico the poster child for renewable energy.