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Vote for Real Hope and Change

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“Destruction of the embryo in the mother’s womb is a violation of the right to live which God has bestowed on this nascent life. To raise the question whether we are here concerned already with a human being or not is merely to confuse the issue. The simple fact is that God certainly intended . . . . Continue Reading »

The Role of the Priest in Public Affairs

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Catholic leadership in the secular world belongs to laypeople, not to clergy or religious. The visible role of the priest in public affairs¯if by public affairs we mean political affairs¯should normally be pretty small. It’s very dangerous for the Church to identify with one political party. . . . . Continue Reading »

Better Citizens, More Faithful Catholics

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When we speak about a nation’s culture, we mean the entire fabric of its common life, from art and music to sports and schools. But since this is an election year, I want to apply the idea of Catholic witness specifically to our public life as citizens. Here are ten simple points to remember as we . . . . Continue Reading »

On Christian Hope

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Pope Benedict XVI released his new encyclical letter, Spe Salvi (Saved by Hope), November 30, just two days before the beginning of Advent. Not surprisingly, the Holy Father’s timing was perfect because Advent, more than any other season of the year, is rooted in the virtue of hope. For Catholics, . . . . Continue Reading »

Renewing the Church, Converting the World

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I’d like to start with a proposition. Here it is: To be a Christian is to believe in history. Think about the Bible. All the great world religions have sacred books: the Qur’an, the Bhagavad-Gita, the Analects of Confucius. What those sacred texts have in common is that they’re essentially . . . . Continue Reading »

Education and Our Witness to Christ

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G.K. Chesterton once described lunatics as people who have lost everything but their reason. What he meant was this: When human reason cuts itself off from conscience, experience, and common sense, it subverts itself. It becomes a logical-sounding form of lunacy. The results are usually bad. This . . . . Continue Reading »

Religious Tolerance and the Common Good

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This talk was delivered at the Path to Peace Foundation seminar “Catholic Students and the Common Good: Building a Better World” in New York on May 22, 2007. I’d like to begin with a couple of disclaimers. For the past four years, I’ve had the privilege of serving on the U.S. . . . . Continue Reading »

Religion and the Common Good

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Sooner or later, every teacher hears the same old joke about the philosophy student and his dad. The dad asks, “Son, what are you going to do with that goofy degree?” And the son says, “I’m going to open a philosophy shop and make big money selling ideas.” I smile every time I hear it, . . . . Continue Reading »