Distinctly Catholic: Many Democrats think that the filibuster is the only thing standing between them and certain defeat on issues that they care about in the next four years.
Distinctly Catholic: Given the stakes in Syria, the time for dialogue, unsupported by force, is useless and actually making the situation worse for the people of Syria.
At UVAToday, a profile of Professor Nicole Flores, one of the bright young Catholic theologians making a name for herself. Nicole is a regular participant in the Catholic Conversation Project, an annual meeting of young theologians I am privileged to attend. It is thrilling to see someone like her making such an impression on the campus of Mr. Jefferson's University.
Distinctly Catholic: No one doubts Gen. James Mattis' competence in the field to which he is being assigned, the next secretary of defense. But, the nomination raises other questions.
In this morning's Washington Post, Dana Milbank warns that the shooting up of a pizzeria in Washington, because of a conspiracy theory/fake news story that the pizza joint was a front for a child sex ring could be only the first sip of a full cup of bitterness turning violent. Let's hope he is wrong but I fear he is correct.
Distinctly Catholic: Yesterday, President-elect Trump nominated Dr. Ben Carson to be the secretary of housing and urban development. There are some problems with this appointment.
At RNS, Mark Silk wonders if the chatter about schism within the Catholic Church is real or not. Like him, I think it will not happen or, if it does, it will be a sliver of people who bolt.
Distinctly Catholic: I share Francis' criticisms of neo-liberalism. But, as someone recently told me, "It aimed at a moral ideal. What will replace it might be very dark and dangerous."
Distinctly Catholic: David Cloutier's new book, The Vice of Luxury: Economic Excess in a Consumer Age, represents a challenge, a thoughtful, precise challenge, to contemporary economics.
At CNN, Fr. Antonio Spadaro, SJ, editor of Civilta Cattolica, responds to the four cardinals with their five dubia. He hits the nail on the head: Dialogue presumes good faith and the "clarity" the seek is evident in the text of Amoris Laetitia, they just don't like what it says.