“When I wrote last month about the purpose of politics, that politics provides a forum for the practice of virtue, I was reminded of a scene from the film ‘Gladiator.’ In the scene the upstart Commodus rejects the four chief virtues his father seeks in an heir: wisdom, justice, fortitude and temperance. Rather, he lists the virtues with which he has been gifted: ambition, resourcefulness, courage (not on the battlefield), devotion.I thought of this scene because one of the difficulties we face in our culture is our skewed understanding of virtue. ” ….
“Last month I wrote about a tendency to judge others according to their political choices. This can have negative effects on holiday gatherings. Friendships and family relationships can fray when political choices become the measure by which we decide whether our neighbor is worthy of our love. This is a result in part of a skewed vision of politics.” ….
“It’s been a year since the election and much of the acrimony still seems to linger. I was listening recently to a cultural commentator and convert to Christianity who was asked why he is so consistently joyful despite all the bad news. The trick, he said, is that he understands what politics is for.” ….
“I wish to continue this month with some meditations on living mercy, particularly as mercy relates to the question of physician assisted suicide, or more accurately, physician prescribed suicide. Twenty-five states introduced legislation in 2015 to advance this form of suicide. Last year, and again this year, the Nebraska Unicameral’s Judiciary Committee took up the question.” ….
Here’s my article at the National Catholic Register assessing President Trump’s executive order on refugees from the perspective of Catholic Social Teaching.
“The recent refugee executive order from the Trump administration sparked protests and impassioned statements of concern across the country. Many Catholic pastors and the heads of Catholic charitable institutions released statements. The sudden increase in public comment varied widely in tone, message and guidance, leaving many Catholics wondering what the demands of the Church’s teaching are in this situation.”…
“The election is upon us, and if the news reports and my own experience are accurate, the vast majority of us will be glad when it is over. I am not exaggerating when I say this has been the worst election cycle I have ever experienced, but I may surprise you when I say I think the reason is partly my fault. Before I get there, however, let me share once again the story of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter….”
Here is a piece I wrote for The Catholic Answer, the magazine for Our Sunday Visitor. Immigration is an important issue which we need to address, for the sake of the nation and for our neighbors.
“The issue of immigration reform is often personal. Immigrants’ tough choices and early struggles in an America full of opportunity are often part of our family history. Each story is a thread in the fabric of a nation that has been generous and welcoming to hardworking people from all across the world.” ….
Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on a public policy issue, the use of the death penalty.
“As I wrote at the end of my previous column, this month’s is about the death penalty. A referendum will be on the ballot Nov. 8 deciding either to bring back the death penalty to Nebraska or retain last year’s repeal of the death penalty through LB 268…..”
Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on some public policy issues, starting with abortion. I started it thinking I might give an involved response to some of the many fallacies I hear repeated by Catholics around this issue, but decided instead to just let others speak for me. In the column you’ll hear from Servant of God Dorothy Day, Joseph Cardinal Bernadin and Pope Francis on abortion.
“We are three months from the election and in this and my next two columns, I’d like to tackle a few specific public policy issues about which the U.S. bishops speak in “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship.” The first of these is the issue of abortion….”