Bishops' Document on Citizenship Teaches From Spirit of the Church

Here is my column in The Catholic Voice  on some of the changes in the US Bishops document on voting. “The election is less than a year away, and the United States bishops have released their document ‘Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship’…

Action on the Environment Founded in Fruitful Spirituality

Here is my column in The Catholic Voice again on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si and some practical statements by the pope as well as a reminder about a proper spirituality. “Three months ago in my reflections on ‘Laudato Si’’ I pointed out that…

“Merciful Like the Father” What is the Jubilee of Mercy?

Here is a piece I wrote on the Year of Mercy for The Catholic Answer, the magazine for Our Sunday Visitor. The Holy Father really has some beautiful thoughts on which we should reflect. “In the papal bull of indiction Misericordiae Vultus…

Social Catholicism and Catholic Social Teaching

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. Share

Here is my column in The Catholic Voice again on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si and some examples overseas of environmental degradation. “Continuing with my reflections on “Laudato Si’,” the encyclical by Pope Francis on the environment, I would like to point out some…

What the Upcoming Synod Can Teach Us

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…

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…