Distinctly Catholic: Bishop-elect O'Connell's recent highly emotional response to a question about how Pope Francis has impacted his ministry stood out to me.
The Washington Post has an update on PROMESA, the bill being voted on today by the U.S. House and aimed at addressing the fiscal and humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico. A key amendment today will call for a special focus on fighting child poverty on the island. Kudos to Speaker Ryan and Congressmen Bishop and Duffy, all of whom took on some powerful interests to see this legislation to the floor.
Distinctly Catholic: Is it too soon to ask whether or not this could shape up as a realigning election?
At the Hill.com, Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez of San Juan, Puerto Rico calls on Congress to pass the PROMESA legislation to stem the fiscal and humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, even while he recognizes that the crisis invites an examination of the island's status issue.
Distinctly Catholic: Last night, the curtain came down on the primary season and the nation was treated to a dress rehearsal of the general election.
At Politico, a report on Donald Trump's instructions to his surrogates to claim the media attacks on him are "racist." I watched several such surrogates do their best last night, but they got all twisted around, as you can imagine. Sorry Donald, but the fact that Judge Curiel belongs to a Latino lawyers organization is no more evidence of his intrinsic bias than membership in the Hibernian Society is a sign that the Irish are hopelessly incapable of disinterested assessment.
Distinctly Catholic: The fact that we, as a church, are still wrestling with how to confront the crime of clergy sexual abuse of minors invites all manner of emotional and programmatic responses.
I know that delectatio morosa is a sin. That said, this bizarre interview with Ken Starr seems like just, albeit tardy, desserts.
At Politico, Karl Jacoby conducts an historical survey of the border and discovers the times when Mexico thought it needed to build a wall to keep the U.S. out!
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has proposed new rules to crackdown on payday loans, an industry that is built on the morally fraudulent goal of exploiting desperate, and mostly poor, people. Reuters has the story. And our friends at JubileeUSA have been active on this issue, as well as working on the Puerto Rico debt crisis.