Distinctly Catholic: We have had a year to study the text and to ponder it and to pray over it. Now it is time to take action.
In this morning's Washington Post, E. J. Dionne on the need to link populist rhetoric with populist policies. In one sense Dionne is right, but it is not clear it will matter: Trump's verbiage and demeanor resonate with people and they are willing to overlook the fact that he does not have much in the way of policy proposals. If you think policy determines elections, ask President Al Gore if that's the case.
Distinctly Catholic: I am surprised, first, that this issue has seemingly become the next frontier in the civilizational struggle for equality.
In this morning's Washington Post, Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution sees incipient fascism in the rise of Donald Trump. I am not prepared to go that far, but Kagan makes a convincing case.
Distinctly Catholic: The legislation to help Puerto Rico is not perfect, but members on both side of the aisle should support it because doing nothing would be catastrophic.
At Economic Times, a report on a study that shows teenagers are "picking and choosing" their religious beliefs, and which cites the impact of social media on this phenomenon. I do not doubt that the technology we use influences the way we view the world and interact with it, but I also think we sometimes tend to overstate the case.
Happy Birthday Catholic Social Doctrine! 125 years ago today, Pope Leo XIII promulgated Rerum Novarum, the seminal encyclical of the papal magisterium on questions about social justice. It still reads well. It is still too often ignored bhy many Catholics. And, its call for a more just social order is still relevant.
Distinctly Catholic: It distresses me that a cardinal would participate in the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast,because his job is to help the pope accomplish his ministry.
From the Communications Workers of America, news that Verizon is off-shoring many more jobs than previously admitted. The company chased the investigators with an armed private security force.