At Politico, the blame game begins, even before the vote as President Trump lashes out at the Freedom Caucus over their continued opposition to the health care bill. This bill should fail, albeit not for the reasons the Freedom Caucus opposes it, but if it were to pass, the only good thing would be that said caucus would be severely crippled. On the other hand, if the vote fails, Trump will be severely crippled.
Distinctly Catholic: Democrats should vote for Gorsuch, but they should establish that opposition to a nominee's judicial philosophy will justify a no, going forward.
Cardinal William Keeler, former Archbishop of Baltimore and a leader in interreligious dialogue, has gone to God. He was, as Cardinal Donald Wuerl said in a statement, " a beloved pastor of souls, exemplary leader, and a respected collaborator in ministry." His titular church in Rome, Santa Maria degle Angeli e dei Martiri, is one of my favorites.
Tuesday I wrote about some of the reasons why the House GOP health care bill should not pass. Today is the big vote and so we pose different questions: Will it pass and what are the repercussions of its passage or its failure?
The administrative committee of the USCCB issued a "pastoral reflection" on immigration at the close of their meeting this week. What they say is fine and needed to be said, yet I can't help noticing that they did not once use the word "undocumented" and note that this is an adjective with no theological or ecclesial significance. The full-throated opposition to the contraception mandate is nowhere to be found in regard to Trump's far more threatening actions and rhetoric towards immigrants.
Distinctly Catholic: Comparisons between Presidents Donald Trump and Richard Nixon have begun to percolate more loudly than a noisy coffee machine on a cold, quiet morning.
At Telemundo, video of a townhall meeting about the fear that has overtaken the immigrant community. The event was held at Immaculate Conception church in Chicago, Fr. Manny Dorantes and Sr. Norma Pimentel were on the panel, and Chicago's archbishop, Cardinal Blase Cupich attended the event.
Distinctly Catholic: If every other developed country in the world manages to afford health care for its citizens, why is it only we Americans who can't afford it?
From the Jewish daily Forward, a report that a paleo-Nazi group, as opposed to the neo-Nazi variety, and active in the 1940s when it really mattered, has claimed as one of their lifelong members Trump advisor and EWTN regular Sebastian Gorka.
Distinctly Catholic: The account of the Jesus' interaction with woman at the well illustrates why the view of conservatives who challenge Pope Francis' teaching on marriage and family is so impoverished.