NCR Today: Republicans, backed by Donald Trump, and Democrats alike appear determined to recognize Israeli expansionism and its annexation of lands seized by military force.
Distinctly Catholic: President Barack Obama got to thumb his nose at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a fitting conclusion to a disastrous Mideast policy.
Ken Hackett, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See, is gearing up to try retirement for the second time. The retired president of Catholic Relief Services, the U.S. bishops' overseas aid agency, is leaving his ambassadorial post three years and three months after presenting his credentials to Pope Francis.
For diplomats from around the world, the Vatican is known as a prime "listening post," and what Hackett is listening to a lot these days are questions about what President-elect Donald Trump has in store.
Distinctly Catholic: USSCB's behavior regarding the announcement of its working group to promote advocacy for immigrants raises some suspicions about the conference's motivations.
John Glenn, a Presbyterian, said, "I pray every day. To look out at this kind of creation out here and not believe in God is, to me, impossible. It just strengthens my faith."
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."
Special feature: The Chicago archbishop has "got a lot of work to do" to revitalize this sprawling bastion of U.S. Catholicism.
Immigration Pardons: People Improving Communities Through Organizing (PICO) is currently circulating a petition to deliver to the White House Dec. 15 urging the Obama administration to grant pardons immigrants in the country without legal documentation and people with nonviolent, federal drug offenses serving prison sentences. It is also urging local elected officials, governors, mayors and churches across the country to take steps to designate themselves sanctuaries, protecting immigrants from deportation, in response to President-elect Donald Trump promises to deport 2 to 3 million immigrants without documentation.
Eco Catholic: The students plan to call their elected representatives in Congress Friday to prevent an appointment of Myron Ebell, a known climate skeptic.
Faith and Justice: Predicting turnout of voters is very difficult and Clinton underperfomed in comparison with Obama with some groups whom the pundits expected her to do better.