Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si and the connection between how we treat people with how we treat things and vice versa. “Continuing with the encyclical ‘Laudato Si’,’ Pope Francis laments what he calls our ‘throwaway…

On Prophets, the State and Being Prophetic [video]

Here is a link to a presentation I gave at our local Seeking Truth Bible Study, or you can watch it below. If you don’t know Seeking Truth, you just haven’t lived. Founded, led, motivated, organized, sustained, enlivened and otherwise…

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…