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Faithful Citizenship: Not a Single-Issue Platform

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The US Bishops document “Faithful Citizenship” invites us to be advocates on the issues of our Catholic social tradition. Taking part in elections is only one way where we can exert our moral responsibility within the political arena. No matter … Continue reading

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Lectionary Reflection for October 7, 2012: Celebrating One Human Family

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Lectionary Readings: Gen 2:18-24. The creation of man and woman, their vocation to become two in one flesh and to be suitable partners for each other. Heb 2:9-11. Jesus is perfected through suffering and tastes death for all. So, he … Continue reading

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Lectionary Reflection for September 30th 2012: The Mark of Religious Leadership

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Lectionary Readings: Numbers 11:25-29. Moses is pleased that the Spirit of prophecy is shared with those not immediately present in the first ordination of elders. He reprimands his jealous aide Joshua. James 5:1-6. Hard words against the wealthy who abused … Continue reading

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Does Catholic Social Teaching suggest that Government has a role to play in taking care of the poor? Yes!

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Paul Ryan’s economic policies have become a hotly contested moral debate with Catholics who are wondering if these policies ought to concern the Catholic voting community with regards to paying attention to our moral obligation to serve the poor. On … Continue reading

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FDR and the “Rightist Reaction.”

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There once was a time when I proudly lifted my Republican credentials. I cannot be sure if I was ever really a conservative, back in the 80’s and early in the 90’s it was still possible to embrace the progressive … Continue reading

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Educating Young People in Justice and Peace

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This being the 50th year anniversary of the Second Vatican Council the Catholic Church is celebrating this by inaugurating this year as the “Year of Faith.” The Church is inviting us to reflect on the very core message of the … Continue reading

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“A Time to Break Down, and a Time to Build Up.”

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Using this quote from Ecclesiastes 3:3 I wanted to take the opportunity to let my blog readers know that I am altering this blog space to accommodate some of the shifts that I am experiencing at this time. One major shift … Continue reading

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Faithful Citizenship: On Being a Political Catholic

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Christians are indistinguishable from other men either by nationality, language or customs. They do not inhabit separate cities of their own, or speak a strange dialect, or follow some outlandish way of life. Their teaching is not based upon reveries … Continue reading

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Lumen Gentium: “A Light to the Nations”

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Here in the United States many of us who minister to youth and young adults recognize an unfortunate delineation that exists between the Catholic faith and our social experience. Even though our Catholic Church periodically reminds us of our social … Continue reading

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Christian Freedom

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Currently The Catholic Church in America is promoting its “Fortnight of Freedom” campaign. Throughout the United States Catholic Diocese are getting involved with prayer services and events that mark their support for religious liberty and their concern for issues that … Continue reading

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