“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….”
Here is my column in The Catholic Voice beginning the conversation about whether a Catholic can vote for someone who supports an intrinsic evil.
“Last month, I wrote about how we begin to consider a candidate for whom to vote. The U.S. bishops in “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” recommend we start with the category of intrinsic evil because not every public policy issue carries the same moral importance. The question this month is: can a Catholic ever vote for a candidate who supports an intrinsic evil?“
Below is a video of my presentation at Hope College on Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’. Thanks to Hope College and the St. Benedict Forum for their good work and for bringing me up to Holland, Michigan for the talk.
Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on how a Catholic might begin to discern how to find a good candidate for whom to vote.
“I’m continuing this month with my series on voting. Last month, I wrote about our responsibility to vote. Many have thanked me for that piece, but have asked what we’re supposed to do in the current climate when it seems increasingly difficult to find an adequate candidate. To answer that question let’s first review what the bishops say about how to judge a good candidate.“
Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on what St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein) said about why we ought to be voting.
“Continuing with the theme of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, I’d like to focus on the question of participation in its various forms. Recently, I was speaking with a friend who is involved with politics. We were talking about the election, and he told me one of his biggest frustrations is the low level of participation….“
Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on the church and politics and why we shouldn’t think they are oil and water.
“I would like to continue this month on the U.S. Bishops’ document ‘Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship,’ the new version of which came out at the end of 2015. I want to address the question of the church and politics….“
Here is my column in The Catholic Voice on this election year and why we should welcome it.
“Happy New Year. We are now in 2016 and find ourselves in an election year, too. We might be tempted to groan about this fact. But I want to invite people to look at this as an opportunity to allow our faith to shape our culture and nation….“
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’ (FCFC) with updates to reflect the current political climate and issues. I have enjoyed reading it again and, in a sense, for the first time.…“