In the Boston Globe, Cardinal Sean O'Malley on the need to act justly to immigrants and refugees. This is, for Catholics, a matter of both history and theology. A splendid essay by someone who has spent his entire life ministering to migrant communities. It is also worth reading Cardinal Sean's blog which begins with a brief account and several photos of a meeting he hosted with some of Boston's Muslim leaders.
Distinctly Catholic: The president has staffed his Cabinet and senior staff with no fewer than six alumni of the high-powered Wall Street investment firm.
So, the USCCB just sent out this "Action Center" alert calling on President Trump to sign executive orders relating to religious liberty. I hope he does so. The question: Did my "Action Center" alert on the executive orders that pertain to the 11 million undocumented, now threatened with a hugely increased deportation force, get lost in the mail? Yeesh.Time for bishops to withhold their tax or some heads to roll. The fifth floor is a Francis-free zone and it is a scandal.
Distinctly Catholic: President Trump's decision to nominate Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court is the kind of selection that any mainstream Republican president would make.
From the good news folder and the Washington Post, workers at President Donald Trump's hotel on Pennsylvania Ave have voted to unionize! And the union they are joining is UNITEHere.
Distinctly Catholic: If the political opposition is smart, which is a big if, they will emulate FDR in drawing on Catholic social doctrine's moral and intellectual framework.
At the Hill, Eric LeCompte of JubileeUSA explains why repealing section 1504 of the Dodd-Frank legislation, which required transparency by big oil and other extraction industries of their payments to developing countries, is a truly bad idea. That doesn't mean the Republican-controlled Congress won't do it. It does mean that they are in the pocket of the big oil companies.
Distinctly Catholic: Countering Trump's answer, protesters and prelates offered a different vision of our national identity this weekend, one that spoke to the better angels of our nature.
In the category "most repulsive article by a Catholic" on Islam and the "threat" it poses, I nominate this column at Crisis by William Kilpatrick, formerly of Boston College. Not only does he misunderstand Islam, he misunderstands the history of anti-Catholicism. For example, take what he says about the relationship of sharia law to U.S. law, and then re-read the sentence with the words "canon law" appearing wherever he writes about sharia. Bigotry on stilts, to borrow a phrase and an indictment.
Distinctly Catholic: President Trump is expected to make his first nomination to the Supreme Court tonight. I will not be surprised if the Democrats decide it is time for payback.