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Scranton bishop: Reforms have been working

For almost three weeks now, a pall of suffering, disbelief, anger and betrayal has fallen upon Pennsylvania and far beyond. While the 40th Statewide Grand Jury report finally validated the suffering of countless victims of sexual abuse by members of the clergy, sadly, far too many victims and ...

Loving America: Can it prevail?

A dispatch from Haifa, Israel, Tuesday, Aug. 21 Somehow rooted in the deep divisions currently tearing America apart is the question as to who loves American more? Those on the left-wing side of the debate will say that the dream of immigration to the U.S., universal health insurance and ...

The doctor is (not) in

If you are frustrated by wait times to see your doctor, the cost of health insurance and prescription drugs, just wait until there may be no doctor to see. NBC News recently broadcast a story about how fewer young people are entering the medical profession. The network cited a report from the ...

Trump turns Brennan from hack to Spartacus

WASHINGTON — Many in the intelligence community have been quietly dismayed by the hyperbolic partisan behavior of former CIA director John Brennan since Donald Trump took office. But by revoking Brennan’s security clearance, President Trump has managed to turn Brennan from an embarrassment ...

The press’s inconsistent accountability record

The Boston Globe successfully organized a campaign to get nearly 350 newspapers, large and small, to publish an editorial on Aug. 16 on “the dangers of the administration’s assault on the press.” They laughably claimed: “This whole project is not anti-Trump. It’s really ...

Let’s stop out-of-control prosecutors

At this unique moment in American history, liberals and conservatives have something in common: an abhorrence of government prosecutors run amok. Republicans are livid at the federal fishing expedition known as the Mueller investigation. Bit players have been dragooned into an endlessly ...

How to keep Aretha’s music playing

What does a white boy from the white suburbs of Washington, D.C., have to say about the passing of soul singer Aretha Franklin? At 16, I was a DJ on a local radio station, playing the rock ‘n’ roll and doo-wop recordings of the day. Many of the artists were black. Richard Penniman (aka ...

Brennan shows how to lose to Trump

John Brennan may not know it, but he is acting in a drama scripted and produced by Donald J. Trump. As Eli Lake of Bloomberg perceptively observed, President Trump isn’t trying to silence Brennan by revoking his security clearance, as the former CIA director’s defenders insist, but ...

Church lacking sympathy

I can testify from a lifetime of personal experience that practice does not really make perfect. Since the presidency of Harry Truman, during which I had the honor of being the youngest altar boy in St. Francis Xavier Parish to serve the standing-room-only midnight Mass on Christmas Eve, I have ...

Do politics matter?

This week, I bought my wife a present for her birthday: a glass-blowing class. The teacher was, predictably, an eclectically artistic type in Los Angeles, and a down-the-line liberal. As with most conversations these days, the talk turned to President Trump. She quickly let me know her ...

Nonsense on ‘Crybaby’ Conservatives, Hollywood

In the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine, perpetually bilious writer James Wolcott has attacked the “myth of Hollywood’s conservative blacklist.” He finds it highly amusing that anyone would fear damage to their acting career for publicly favoring this president. “Hollywood ...

The center does not hold

If there’s a single idea that has defined the politics of the last 70 years it is the notion of “the center.” What constituted the center of American politics has always been up for debate. Did the center mean mushy moderation? Was it the “reasonable” midpoint between the right and ...

Cardinal Wuerl must go

WASHINGTON — In 1972, Pope Paul VI warned that “the smoke of Satan has entered the Church of God.” We see that smoke throughout the report from a Pennsylvania grand jury, which alleges that more than 300 priests abused more than 1,000 children in six Pennsylvania dioceses — including 99 ...

The immortal USS Indianapolis

The worst disaster in the history of the United States Navy only began with the sinking of the USS Indianapolis. Three hundred men died in the initial catastrophe on July 30, 1945, then the survivors cast into the sea suffered unimaginable horrors, abandoned for days without food or water in ...

We cannot wait to rebuild our flood control infrastructure

The recent flooding events throughout Central Pennsylvania have served as a clear reminder of the challenges of living near a body of water. While detailed estimates are not yet available, my guess is that many millions of dollars in property damage has occurred because of the most recent storm ...

The case for Brett Kavanaugh

United States Supreme Court nominations are one of the most important responsibilities the Constitution entrusts to the President of the United States. The President has put forward Judge Brett Kavanaugh. A jurist with impeccable credentials, President Trump clearly took this ...

Trump failure to fully condemn bigots tars presidency

WASHINGTON — How can a president as successful as Donald Trump be so unpopular? Fueled by his historic tax reform and an unprecedented regulatory rollback, the economy grew by 4.1 percent in the second quarter. The unemployment rate is just 3.9 percent — near the lowest it has been in ...

Has Trump delivered on economic promises?

Is President Trump fulfilling candidate Trump’s promises? You can make a case that he is, based on some surprising and widely unexpected economic developments. Vice President Mike Pence, writing in The Des Moines Register, put it succinctly: “The evidence is clear: America is back.” He ...

Omarosa tries to channel Anita Hill

Where have we seen this play before: A woman comes forward to accuse a conservative of inappropriate behavior in hopes of harming him sufficiently so he will be unable to achieve his policy objectives? People with even short memories will recall “act one” was Anita Hill, a law professor ...

Some political relatives more equal than others

It’s quite simple: Some political relatives are more equal than others. Agenda-driven journalists love to exploit familial dysfunction when a prominent politician is conservative and his or her kinfolk espouse liberal views. When a vengeful offspring, sibling, cousin or distant relation ...