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A Catholic Candidate: Now As Before

January 15, AD2017 0 Comments
A Catholic Candidate: Now As Before

The following is an excerpt from Ann Casey’s book,  America’s Courage of Faith. 25 June 1928 Dear Gaston, Fellow priest and brother, politics, politics and the credit money grabbers are festering in our souls with the wounds man has sliced and left neglected. This jubilance of tomorrow showing up is met with the moment of only now, […]

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Planned Parenthood Donations for Pence: They Know Not What They Do

November 21, AD2016 6 Comments
Planned Parenthood Donations for Pence: They Know Not What They Do

The contentious nature of the 2016 political season exposed a division so wide as to have literally split our nation in two. Even the Catholic population has displayed an appalling chasm of difference. That so many Catholics have increasingly found it acceptable to fervently support champions of abortion is heart-rending. The hearty support of candidate […]

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The 2016 Catholic Voting Conundrum Simplified

October 29, AD2016 25 Comments
The 2016 Catholic Voting Conundrum Simplified

The 2016 presidential election seems to be presenting many Catholics with a voting conundrum: Can a Catholic in good conscience vote for either candidate?  If yes, which one?  But if neither candidate is acceptable should they vote for a third-party candidate, or not vote at all? Many Catholics think they have four options when it […]

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Does Pence’s Pro-Life Record Change Perceptions of Trump?

October 8, AD2016 2 Comments
Does Pence’s Pro-Life Record Change Perceptions of Trump?

For many of us, the national election continues to be problematic. While reservations concerning Trump remain, Hillary will be the demise of any hope we have for maintaining a semblance of ethical integrity. The recent changes in Trump are striking, not in the words he speaks, but in the allies he has cultivated. Fr. Richard Heilman […]

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Political Control and the Freedom of Weakness

August 28, AD2016 3 Comments
Political Control and the Freedom of Weakness

  There’s a certain freedom in powerlessness, the loss of control. Recently, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput wrote that the “astonishing flaws” of both major candidates was “depressing and liberating at the same time. Depressing, because it’s proof of how polarized the nation has become. Liberating, because for the honest voter, it’s much easier this year […]

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We Often Follow False Prophets

August 11, AD2016 4 Comments
We Often Follow False Prophets

On False Prophets in Politics This election year, more than others, has brought back memories of behaviors reminiscent of my high school years. Young teens, caught up in an insatiable craving for social credit. That was a unique social experience for all because we have individual experiences, yet it was the same in its drive […]

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10 Reasons I Can Not Vote for Trump (or Clinton)

July 28, AD2016 72 Comments
10 Reasons I Can Not Vote for Trump (or Clinton)

The political season is upon us and we would be hard-pressed to recall one that was more acrimonious. Division has been sown in families, churches, and the public square. Unlike the sort of division foretold by Jesus, in reference to who would or would not follow Him, this division is solely of this world. Hillary […]

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The 9 Non-Negotiables

June 7, AD2016 35 Comments
The 9 Non-Negotiables

For years, Catholic Answers has produced a helpful voters’ guide on the five non-negotiable moral issues for Catholics. It is good but in the years since it was first produced, four more issues have come up that I think are worth adding to the list of non-negotiable moral issues. I will explain both what these […]

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Catholics: What Should Our Political Stance Be?

April 10, AD2016 16 Comments
Catholics: What Should Our Political Stance Be?

The political divide in America seems to only get more polarized each year. Given the moral trajectory of our nation’s people and the “progress” away from historical Judeo-Christian values and traditions, this is likely only to continue. I see the polarization among well-meaning Catholics as well, whose spiritual instinct to stay more neutral and policy focused […]

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Pro-Life or Social Justice: a False Catholic Dichotomy

February 10, AD2016 19 Comments
Pro-Life or Social Justice: a False Catholic Dichotomy

Right after the March for Life, the USCCB organized the Catholic Social Ministries Gathering. As one of the few who attended both events, I saw many people who were both pro-life and pro-social justice but I also saw a false dichotomy between the two in some. Unfortunately, some at the March for Life show inadequate care […]

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Pope Francis’ Visit: Pastoral or Political?

October 6, AD2015 0 Comments
Pope Francis’ Visit: Pastoral or Political?

As Pope Francis traveled to Cuba and then to the United States he stressed that his visits were pastoral, not political. He is the shepherd of the world’s Catholics. Yet in spite of such insistence, pundits of all stripes analyzed his every move as if they were reading tea leaves to find a hidden ideological […]

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Translating Hillary Clinton’s Doublespeak

April 29, AD2015 74 Comments
Translating Hillary Clinton’s Doublespeak

In case you’ve been recently living under a rock or fasting from the Internet, former U.S. Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Clinton is running for President. Not surprisingly, she’s already launched into the typical political doublespeak common to Democratic politicians who wish to trample religious liberty and deny human rights to unborn […]

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A Catholic Priest Survives the Gulags – What About America?

January 6, AD2014 11 Comments
A Catholic Priest Survives the Gulags  – What About America?

What is the American equivalent of what the Russian’s called a Gulag? A familiar word to Americans, because of our cold war relations with the Soviet Union. GULAG is actually an acronym for Glavnoe Upravlenie ispravitel-no-trudovykh LAGerei or ”Main Administration of Corrective Labor Camps” that operated the Soviet system of forced labor camps in the […]

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Ideology and Idolatry

October 25, AD2013 5 Comments
Ideology and Idolatry

A recurring theme of my writing and speaking these past few years has been the need for Catholics to overcome allegiances to political movements, parties, and ideologies. We are called to shape our culture, or at least be a prophetic voice that is unattached to purely temporal causes. My assumption, based on my own journey, […]

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Keep Your Catholicism a Secret!

June 24, AD2013 27 Comments
Keep Your Catholicism a Secret!

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi has made a fool of herself again in public but just in time, she gives relevance to this article that I have been working on. Do those politicians really have any idea what they are talking about? They claim that their Catholicism is firm, but find it inappropriate to “impose” it on […]

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When the Law Falls Short

April 11, AD2013 5 Comments
When the Law Falls Short

Since I entered the legal profession I have often recalled simple but wise words shared by a professor during a first year course. I remember him telling our class filled with bright-eyed aspiring attorneys to never forget that “the law is a blunt instrument.” Of all I learned during law school, these words, more than […]

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