I am not shy about criticizing the Archbishop of Baltimore, so it gives me a special pleasure to praise him for this op-ed in the Baltimore Sun about the need to combat climate change.
Distinctly Catholic: This week, four news items put my challenge to the pro-life movement in very clear focus.
With a view towards tomorrow's expected vote in the U.S. Senate on PROMESA, the legislation to address the fiscal and humanitarian crisis in Puerto Rico, JubileeUSA explains why the July 1 deadline really matters. As I noted yesterday, some Democrats are buying the agitprop from the hedge funds that the legislation does not have to pass now, that the deadline does not matter, by which they are really simply trying to kill the legislation.
Distinctly Catholic: We, of course, are former smokers. I began smoking as a freshman in college and, later, it was not uncommon to smoke two packs a day.
Just when you think Republicans are solely responsible for the stinking mess we call Washington, along comes a slimy Democrat to remind us that carrying water for the hedge funds is a bipartisan sport. Sen. Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, is demanding amendments to the PROMESA legislation to aid Puerto Rico, even though such amendments could kill the bill. He is repeating the hedge fund talking point that the deadline on July 1, when a large debt payment is due, is not really a deadline, even though we all know it is.
Distinctly Catholic: When we say that Pope Francis did it again, what precisely is the "it"? Pope Francis did nothing more than express a decent and honest sentiment, one that in no way contradicts the teaching of the church.
Yesterday, I wrote about an article in Think Progress and said it was published by the Center for American Progress. This was a mistake. It is actually published by the Center for American Progress Action Fund, the (c)4 that is related to CAP but is a distinct entity. I regret the error.
Distinctly Catholic: A split Supreme Court decision on immigration reform in the U.S. while the U.K.'s voters opt to leave the European Union.
The other day I linked to John Gehring's fine piece at Commonweal calling for all sides to try and seek some common ground on religious liberty issues. Stephanie Russell-Kraft, at Religion Dispatches, is having none of it, in fact, she ends up proving the point she tries to refute.
Distinctly Catholic: The Center for American Progress has decided to hype anti-Catholic bigotry.