At Crux, Carl Anderson has a strange essay, the title of which says Catholics should prioritize abortion when they consider how they will vote, citing the example of Mother Teresa. When you read the article, alas, you realize the title is misleading. First, Anderson does not make the case for prioritizing abortion, but essentially argues that it be absolutized. Pope Francis famously said that we Catholics cannot be obsessed only with abortion, same sex marriage and contraception.
Distinctly Catholic: The title of Mary Eberstadt's book, It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies, is correct, but not for the reasons she cites.
Why is Trump campaigning in states he is sure to win, and others he is sure to lose? Nobody knows. Politico has the story. If Trump's strategy works, and the images of adoring crowds in Mississippi and Texas pass through the internet ether and persuade people in Ohio and Virginia and Florida, then the old adage will have been killed and all politics will no longer be local.
It is impossible to respond to all the whacky things said by Donald Trump and his surrogates. But, Jerry Falwell Jr. published an op-ed in The Washington Post on Sunday under the headline "Trump is the Churchillian leader we need" and it warrants a reply. Falwell is the son of the founder of the Moral Majority, the Rev. Jerry Falwell. Jerry Jr. runs Liberty University, which Falwell Sr.
In this morning's Washington Post, Chris Cillizza applauds the decision by NPR to shut down the comment section on their articles. I do too. The money quote:
Distinctly Catholic: The Rio Games were not a model of peaceful relations for the world; they were fun, no more and no less, and that is enough.
At Commonweal, Massimo Faggioli points out the limits of subsidiarity in ecclesiology. This is, as he points out, an issue for the discussion of women deacons but even more for the implementation of Amoris Laetitia.
Distinctly Catholic: White is not one of those political analysts who entirely subordinates his invocation of Catholic teaching to justify his partisan ideas. That is reason enough to celebrate.
From the file "things are not always what they seem." Our Republican friends have been touting the news that some insurance companies are dropping out of Obamacare exchanges as proof that the law does not work. According to this report at Vox, the reasons Aetna decided to drop out may have less to do with how the exchanges work and more to do with the administration's decision to ban a merger Aetna sought on anti-trust grounds.
Distinctly Catholic commentary: The professional class of the aggrieved is facilitated by Twitter and the news organizations that cover tweets as if they were stories.