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.
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.