Distinctly Catholic: Sheil's CYO went against the norm of 1930s youth leagues by inviting all boys and girls, of any race, to join and compete side by side.
Distinctly Catholic: Coming at a time when violence and racial tension again plague the city, Timothy Neary's new book is fascinating and informative. Part 1 of a two-part review.
At America, an important essay by James Keenan of Boston College about the particular way Americans have failed to develop our Catholic understanding of conscience. This is key: Some of the opponents of Pope Francis seem to suggest that recognizing the role of conscience in moral decision-making let's people off the hook, when in reality, it is the checklist spirituality that evidences a kind of minimalism about Christian discipleship.
Distinctly Catholic: It isn't that some of John Paul II's biggest fans inflated his significance; it is that they continually interpreted him in ways that reduced his complexity.
Distinctly Catholic: The executive order pledging an increase in the number of deportation agents was not met with the same outcry as the ban on migrants from certain Muslim countries.
At RNS, a report on a conference they held on religious liberty, at home and abroad, featuring NCR's own Fr. Tom Reese, SJ.
Distinctly Catholic: Team Trump overreached — and did so badly — with its ban on refugees and immigrants from seven majority Muslim nations.
At First Things, George Weigel is in a snit because the preparatory document for the next synod doesn't mention his hero St. Pope John Paul II. I shall have a fuller treatment of this tomorrow. (h/t Rocco)
Distinctly Catholic: What made me realize that the debate on the Holy Father's apostolic exhortation was over was a post by Cardinal Donald Wuerl at his archdiocesan blog.
In the Washington Post, Michael Gerson questions if this really has been the "best fortnight in a decade" for conservatives. The (very frightening) money quote:
Trump does not think he needs the support of political and media elites; the only things that really matter in politics are the people and the leader. And it is the leader who interprets the true interests of the people.