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…..”

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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….”

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.” ….

 

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