Distinctly Catholic: Pope Francis' message marking the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation is not the kind of document you expect to be exciting, but inserting care for creation into the works of mercy is a stroke of genius.
Maybe I am stuck in a long nightmare, but I recall seeing something about this a couple of weeks back: Cardinal Raymond Burke, not content to judge the magisterial quality of a papal text, now stands in judgment of an Ecumenical Council, declaring Nostra Aetate is not a doctrinal document. Well, it sure as hell is not the menu at the local deli either.
Distinctly Catholic: Despite the contradictions in making another tough immigration speech and standing next to Mexico's president, yesterday was a good day for Donald Trump.
From the file "More Catholic than the Pope," the inappropriately named Cardinal Newman Society objects to a sex education program released by the Vatican's Pontifical Council on the Family. The press release reads like a story in "the Onion" designed to poke fun at prudes.
Distinctly Catholic: I agree with Tom Reese that the latest Pew study on Americans and religion should have asked about music.
At the Washington Post, best reason to be proud to be Catholic? Aaron Blake on Trump's Catholic problem: Hillary is clobbering him among RCs. I suspect that the reason is, as John Gehring is quoted as saying, that our RC DNA is more allergic to nativism than that of your average Protestant's DNA.
Distinctly Catholic: It is hard to sympathize with Bill and Hillary Clinton as they find themselves embroiled in controversy over the Clinton Foundation.
No journalist has distinguished himself this election cycle more than Michael Gerson, a Republican who wrote speeches for George W. Bush and who has long championed the compassionate conservatism agenda we associate with the White House Faith-Based Office. His commentaries on the significance of Donald Trump have been splendid. His latest is extraordinary even by his already high standards.
Distinctly Catholic: Two years in a row now we have these powerful statements that reveal the profound depth of Francis' Gospel readings in a shorter, more pithy form.
At Commonweal, Tony Annett on George Weigel's essential blind spot: When others diverge from the Church's teaching, they are bad Catholics, but when he diverges, the Church is wrong.
At RNS, Martin Marty on the on-going efforts at reconciliation between Catholics and Lutherans, and why it is both a good thing and a remarkable thing, even if no one is writing about it.