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.
At the Washington Examiner, a rightwing outlet, the GOP is trying to make Sen. Elizabeth Warren the face of the Democratic Party. Reminds me of certain Democratic Party operatives who were salivating at the prospect of running against Trump. When the other side highlights you, they need to repeat your message, and my hunch is that the country is ready for what the Senator from Massachusetts has to say.
Distinctly Catholic: What is the alt-right, and why should we view responding to it differently from other social or political movements?
At the South Bend Tribune, Evan Smith encourages the Democrats to look to Pope Francis for guidance about how to turn their party around. I watched the Mayor of South Bend, Pete Buttigeig, in last night's DNC chair debate on CNN and he was hands down the best spokesperson for the party and the person who seemed to have the best grasp of the direction the party needs to go.