Distinctly Catholic: It isn't that some of John Paul II's biggest fans inflated his significance; it is that they continually interpreted him in ways that reduced his complexity.
Distinctly Catholic: The executive order pledging an increase in the number of deportation agents was not met with the same outcry as the ban on migrants from certain Muslim countries.
At RNS, a report on a conference they held on religious liberty, at home and abroad, featuring NCR's own Fr. Tom Reese, SJ.
Distinctly Catholic: Team Trump overreached — and did so badly — with its ban on refugees and immigrants from seven majority Muslim nations.
At First Things, George Weigel is in a snit because the preparatory document for the next synod doesn't mention his hero St. Pope John Paul II. I shall have a fuller treatment of this tomorrow. (h/t Rocco)
Distinctly Catholic: What made me realize that the debate on the Holy Father's apostolic exhortation was over was a post by Cardinal Donald Wuerl at his archdiocesan blog.
In the Washington Post, Michael Gerson questions if this really has been the "best fortnight in a decade" for conservatives. The (very frightening) money quote:
Trump does not think he needs the support of political and media elites; the only things that really matter in politics are the people and the leader. And it is the leader who interprets the true interests of the people.
Distinctly Catholic: I make no comment on Arthur Brooks' commitment to Catholicism, but his commitment to capitalism is fair game.
Yesterday, America magazine published an essay by Arthur Brooks of the American Enterprise Institute defending capitalism. I was surprised they published it as it merely rehashes arguments he has made before. I will be addressing what I perceive as the shortfalls in his argument tomorrow.
Distinctly Catholic: If the resistance to Donald Trump is going to succeed, then we must reach out beyond the like-minded, beyond the comfort zones, beyond MSNBC commentators.