Omar F. A. Gutiérrez

Faith, Culture, Politics – Catholic Social Teaching

Category: Culture

Accompanying Others in Sharing Mercy

by Omar Gutierrez

Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on living mercy through being with others.

“In this, my final installment of reflections on living mercy, I wanted to draw from Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation ‘Evangelii Gaudium,’ the Joy of the Gospel. In that document, the Holy Father speaks to us about missionary discipleship, which is part of the pastoral vision of our archdiocese and which includes unity and living mercy. So what can we learn from Pope Francis that can help make living mercy a practical reality here?” ….

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Finding Mercy With, Without Technology

by Omar Gutierrez

Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on technology and mercy.

“Continuing on the theme of mercy, I’d like to again focus on some concrete ways we can incorporate mercy in our lives.” ….

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Listening: A Gift We Can Give Others in Our Journey Through Advent

by Omar Gutierrez

Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on Advent and listening to others in pain.

“As every year comes to a close, we often look back at some of those who have passed away. This year includes the loss of Harper Lee, Prince, Muhammad Ali, John McLaughlin, Leonard Cohen and, in July, Elie Wiesel. Wiesel was a survivor of Auschwitz and Buchenwald and the author of ‘Night,’ an account about his holocaust, a book that almost never happened……”

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Social Catholicism and Catholic Social Teaching [VIDEO]

by Omar Gutierrez

Here is a video of a presentation I gave to the Omaha chapter of the Catholic Professional & Business Club. Thanks to the folks there for letting me present on this subject.

Pictured above is Leon Harmel.

What the Upcoming Synod Can Teach Us

by Omar Gutierrez

Here is a piece I wrote on the upcoming Synod for The Catholic Answer, the magazine for Our Sunday Visitor. I offer some practical suggestions for the family and how we can live up to our calling.

“Talk about the synod in the media has revolved mostly around pastoral solutions to prickly questions in modern families. While such questions are important, Catholics ought not ignore what will be said at the synod about the family’s vocation and mission to societies. For the family is the foundation for all society.” ….

 

 

Community Shows the World Everything is Interconnected

by Omar Gutierrez

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 document this month, but in the meantime our country has been ‘assaulted’ by the gruesome videos about Planned Parenthood.

Charity in Truth in "The Catholic Voice"

Charity in Truth in “The Catholic Voice”

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

by Omar Gutierrez

planned_parenthood_logoPlanned 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 case you missed it), it ought to at least nudge those Catholics who support candidates who wish God’s blessings on PP to think twice about doing so.

But all of this has reminded me that for all the righteous, conservative outrage at Planned Parenthood and the political establishment that supports them, it is these same conservatives who are ever so willing to sidle up to the anti-immigration reform members of the Planned Parenthood family. Don’t know what I’m talking about? Read the rest of this entry »

Gay Marriage Predictions: Then and Now

by Omar Gutierrez

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 was so clear and devoid of name-calling.

Kurtz argued inter alia against the legalization of gay marriage in any state and for the Federal Marriage Amendment which would define marriage throughout the land as a union between one man and one woman. Rauch, a gay conservative , argued that conservatives ought to support state-sanctioned gay marriage so that federalism could work out whatever kinks might be in the cultural and the legal system. Rereading this conversation has been fascinating given the Supreme Court decision forcing gay marriage on the whole country. Read the rest of this entry »

Taking a Stand for Marriage

by Omar Gutierrez

Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on the defending marriage in light of attacks on faithful Christians like Barronelle Stutzman.

“There has been a great deal of talk about marriage in the last few years, even here in Nebraska. I wanted to reflect on this in light of some recent events.” …

Charity in Truth in "The Catholic Voice"

Charity in Truth in “The Catholic Voice”

The Coming Revolution

by Omar Gutierrez

So what if there were new circumstances arising in our age that changed everything about Catholic Social Teaching? CST has developed over the past 123 years to address issues not fathomed by Leo XIII in 1891. From medical research that claws at the fabric of human life to weapons that can be controlled by the mind, CST has provided Catholics with a compass by which we can stay close to the Catholic vein shot through this created world. And all the while, in these past 123 years, there has also been remarkable stability. That is… until the very near future. Read the rest of this entry »

On the Virtue of Print Media

by Omar Gutierrez

My very good wife gave me a great gift for Father’s Day. With air miles which were going to expire anyway, she got me a subscription to the Wall Street Journal. I had never had one before. We couldn’t justify the price on our tight budget, but a former roommate and my brother had had one. WallStreetJournal

I have loved getting the paper for the last few weeks but some wonderful thing has happened that I did not even consider until I got my first copies: the format has encouraged me to read about things I would normally never bother with. Read the rest of this entry »