St. Teresa Benedicta: Patron of Culture

Today is the feast of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, also known as Edith Stein. The broader strokes of her life story are relatively well known. She was born in 1891 into a devout Jewish family in then-Germany now…

Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on Planned Parenthood and living Pope Francis’ Laudato Si. Check it out. “Last month I wrote about ‘Laudato Si,’ the pope’s new encyclical. I ended that column saying I would continue to write about the…

Planned Parenthood and Immigration Control: What You Should Know and Probably Don't

Planned Parenthood is back in the news for the very worst reasons. While it should not be a surprise to anyone with half a brain that they do this sort of work (selling the parts of aborted babies – in…

Answers to Dubious Abortion Arguments

It is a refrain repeated in the last few election cycles. It’s about abortion, social services and legislative limits. It may sound familiar to you. If it does, here are some responses. First, the argument, which comes to me from lay…

Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on Laudato Si the new encyclical from Pope Francis. Check it out. “Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’” was released last month, and it provides several points on which to comment. First, while the Holy Father’s language about…

Gay Marriage Predictions: Then and Now

A number of years ago I thought to keep an exchange about gay marriage between two conservatives. Written for National Review in 2001 Stanley Kurtz and Johnathan Rauch had a reasoned argument for and against which struck me at the time as helpful because it…

What is the Importance of Gaudium et Spes?

Here is a piece I wrote on the the Vatican II document Gaudium et Spes for The Catholic Answer, the magazine for Our Sunday Visitor. This document is one of the great social teaching documents and provides a great template for approaching our…

Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on how LB 586 is not in keeping with Catholic Social Teaching. “A number of people have asked me about the church’s social teaching as it relates to LB586, the employment anti-discrimination bill in the…

How Free Can a Free Market Be?

How free can a market be before it gets in trouble? Well maybe I should explain why free markets would be a problem in the first place. Perhaps then I can tackle answering that question. Share

Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on the importance of keeping Christ at the center of any work and talk about Catholic Social Teaching. “This column comes out just as the holiest days of the year are upon us: Holy Thursday, Good…