Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden touches his face as he speaks to members of the clergy and community leaders at Bethel AME Church in Wilmington, Del., on June 1. Democrats are betting on Biden’s evident comfort with faith as a powerful point of contrast in his battle against President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
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Thomas J. Reese
American Catholics had seen the problems the church got into in Europe when hierarchy aligned itself with specific rulers or political parties. American Catholics, including most bishops, did not want to go down that road.
Mike Decker of Nashville, Tenn., applies an electrostatic disinfectant at Christ the King Church May 15, 2020. Bishop J. Mark Spalding has reinstated the public celebration of Mass in the diocese at the discretion of pastors, effective May 18. (CNS photo/Rick Musacchio, Tennessee Register)
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Ellen K. Boegel
The Trump administration is permitting state and local governments to exert their traditional power to draft and enforce health and safety regulations. This has led to a variety of responses across the country and even within the same state.
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Thomas J. Reese
At first blush, this "social distancing" sounds un-Christian, but we need to listen to medical experts.
Daniel Ortega flanks Pope John Paul II who wags his finger at culture minister and priest Ernesto Cardenal, during welcoming ceremonies at the airport in Managua, Nicaragua, in March 1983. (AP Photo/Barricada, File)
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Robert Ellsberg
Thomas Merton wrote an introduction to a lyrical book of reflections by Cardenal, Vida en Amor: “In a time of conflict, anxiety, war, cruelty, and confusion, the reader may be surprised that this book is a hymn in praise of love, telling us that ‘all things love one another.’”
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Thomas J. Reese
Democratic candidates tend to focus instead on other voter groups: blacks, Hispanics, LGBTQ people, young people, teachers and women.
FaithColumns
Thomas J. Reese
As early as 1994, while McCarrick was archbishop of Newark, a woman expressed concerns about McCarrick to the papal nuncio in Washington, Agostino Cacciavillan.