At Politico, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross says he and his team are busy finding regulations to eliminate. Mark my words: Ross may prove one of the more dangerous members of Team Trump, not least because a lot of the Russian connections come back to him. More on the Trump Russia problems next week.
Distinctly Catholic: Steve Bannon, White House chief strategist, embraces a philosophy that does not allow room for moral agency, just the inexorable turns of cyclical fate.
From the University of Notre Dame, Fr. John Jenkins, CSC, may be angling for a second career in military training. He figured out how to dogde the bullet posed by inviting the Disruptor-in-Chief to speak at the school's commencement exercises. Instead, Vice President Mike Pence will do the honors. Brilliant!
Good-bye to Clementine: Dogs are not conducive to everyone's spirituality, but I feel very close to God and his creation when I am with my dogs.
God bless Cardinal Blase Cupich. He sent a letter to priests and school personnel explaining that they are not to permit ICE agents on to their property without a warrant. Turns out that Trump isn't the only one who can issue an executive order. It would be good to see every other bishop in the country issue similar instructions to their personnel.
Distinctly Catholic: In his first address to a joint session of Congress, President Donald Trump cleared the bar he had set for himself in his inaugural address, but that bar was pretty low.
In this morning's Washington Post, Michael Gerson on Steve Bannon's dark and erroneous worldview. I shall have more on this later in the week.
Distinctly Catholic: In the clerical culture, being defrocked is the most severe penalty. But does cutting a priest abuser loose best serve the key objective — protecting children?
At Politico, President Trump told the nation's governors this morning that "no one knew that health care could be so complicated." Speak for yourself Donald: You may have spent the first couple of years of Barack Obama's presidency fretting about his birth certificate, but plenty of us were very aware of how complicated health care is.
Distinctly Catholic: Today is my 55th birthday. As a young man, I did not celebrate birthdays. Now, though, I take the day as a chance to be grateful.