Distinctly Catholic: No one doubts Gen. James Mattis' competence in the field to which he is being assigned, the next secretary of defense. But, the nomination raises other questions.
In this morning's Washington Post, Dana Milbank warns that the shooting up of a pizzeria in Washington, because of a conspiracy theory/fake news story that the pizza joint was a front for a child sex ring could be only the first sip of a full cup of bitterness turning violent. Let's hope he is wrong but I fear he is correct.
Distinctly Catholic: Yesterday, President-elect Trump nominated Dr. Ben Carson to be the secretary of housing and urban development. There are some problems with this appointment.
At RNS, Mark Silk wonders if the chatter about schism within the Catholic Church is real or not. Like him, I think it will not happen or, if it does, it will be a sliver of people who bolt.
Distinctly Catholic: I share Francis' criticisms of neo-liberalism. But, as someone recently told me, "It aimed at a moral ideal. What will replace it might be very dark and dangerous."
Distinctly Catholic: David Cloutier's new book, The Vice of Luxury: Economic Excess in a Consumer Age, represents a challenge, a thoughtful, precise challenge, to contemporary economics.
At CNN, Fr. Antonio Spadaro, SJ, editor of Civilta Cattolica, responds to the four cardinals with their five dubia. He hits the nail on the head: Dialogue presumes good faith and the "clarity" the seek is evident in the text of Amoris Laetitia, they just don't like what it says.
Distinctly Catholic: David Cloutier's new book, The Vice of Luxury: Economic Excess in a Consumer Age, is an achievement of the highest order.
File this in "another attempt to undermine the pope." Fr. James Schall, SJ, at Crisis, asserts right in the beginning of his piece that "Most people do think that the pope has or soon will change Catholic doctrine on abortion and many other related issues." Most people? I do not know anyone who thinks that and I know a fair number of serious RCs. Later, he writes: "Pope Francis has had a good education as befits the Jesuit priestly tradition.
Distinctly Catholic: The Democratic Party's search for its soul is overlapping with the need to find a new chair of the Democratic National Committee.