Omar F. A. Gutiérrez

Faith, Culture, Politics – Catholic Social Teaching

There Are Some Exceptions to the Rule

by Omar Gutierrez

Here is my column in The Catholic Voice continuing the conversation about whether a Catholic can vote for someone who supports an intrinsic evil.

“The bishops tell us we may not vote for someone who supports an intrinsic evil if we’re supporting that evil, but there are situations where we might vote for such a candidate. …

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Remembering that “Evil is Evil”

by Omar Gutierrez

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?

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How Christians Should Think About the Environment [video]

by Omar Gutierrez

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.

Guidelines for a “Good Candidate”

by Omar Gutierrez

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.

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Voting: One Way To Oppose Injustice

by Omar Gutierrez

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….

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Love Drives Church in Politics

by Omar Gutierrez

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….

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Election Year Offers Opportunity

by Omar Gutierrez

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….

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Bishops’ Document on Citizenship Teaches From Spirit of the Church

by Omar Gutierrez

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.

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Action on the Environment Founded in Fruitful Spirituality

by Omar Gutierrez

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 we cannot pretend to care for the environment if we do not at the same time protect the most innocent, the unborn….”

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

by Omar Gutierrez

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 (“The Face of Mercy”), Pope Francis announced the jubilee year, but also invites us to reconsider Christian life anew. In doing so, he unpacks his own spirituality and invites the faithful to work for those on the margins. In essence, he invites us to meditate on and live the core of his pastoral vision, rooted in an invitation to conversion.” ….

 

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.

Pope Tells us to Think Beyond Our Borders When Considering Environmental Issues

by Omar Gutierrez

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 of what may not be so obvious to us. We as Americans don’t often have a perspective of the whole world. How could we, unless we have the time to research it? And most of us are rightly busy with our families and our schools and parishes.

But without a global perspective, some of what the Holy Father is saying, indeed some of his passion for this issue, may be lost on us. So I’d like to offer some context for the global situation….

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Charity in Truth in “The Catholic Voice”

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.” ….

 

 

Care For Earth Rooted in Care For People

by Omar Gutierrez

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 culture.’ We in America do live in a throwaway culture. The Planned Parenthood videos have shown us just that.

This theme of the Holy Father’s touches upon a truism within Catholic social teaching that has been repeated many times by several popes: there is a direct connection between the way we treat things and the way we treat people….

Charity in Truth in "The Catholic Voice"

Charity in Truth in “The Catholic Voice”

On Prophets, the State and Being Prophetic [video]

by Omar Gutierrez

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 championed by Sharon and Steven Doran, it is a great way to get to know the Scriptures and build community. It’s not just an Omaha thing either. You can take it online and run groups in your own parish. Check it out. Seriously.

Anyway, here is my presentation to the leadership team on the prophets. As I explain, my inspiration for the talk came from teaching on the prophets and Catholic Social Teaching. Doing so gave me an insight as to what it means to be prophetic nowadays, something which can be difficult for the dad, husband, worker bee, gardener, gourmet, freelance writer and living jungle gym.