Stephen White

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Stephen White

Stephen P. White is a fellow in the Catholic Studies program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C. His work focuses on the application of Catholic social teaching to a broad spectrum of contemporary political and cultural issues. Since 2005, Mr. White has been coordinator of the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society: a three week seminar on Catholic social teaching, with an emphasis on the thought of Blessed John Paul II, which takes place every summer in Kraków, Poland. He studied politics at the University of Dallas and philosophy at the Catholic University of America. He is a graduate of the St. Patrick’s Evangelisation School in London, England.

Recent Posts


Dear Dr. Dawkins…

I have always loved the opening lines of Vatican II's Gaudium et Spes: The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the men of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflic... More

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan’s Anti-Poverty Proposals

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="614"] Relative poverty rates in U.S. (2013)[/caption]   In his apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis wrote: “Growth in justice ... More


Fr. Emil Kapaun: Putting the Hero in Heroic Virtue

Tomorrow, pilgrims in Kansas will begin a 3-day, 60 mile walk from Wichita to the church of St. John Nepomucene Church in the tiny prairie town of Pilsen (pop. 40), the one-time parish of Fr. Emil... More


Rubio: “The science is settled…life begins at conception.”

Two weeks ago, the Senator Marco Rubio told ABC's "This Week" that he believe that climate is changing--it's always changing--but he's skeptical of both the certitude of some scientists about the caus... More


Pope Francis: Say What?

Earlier this week, a story made the rounds on the inter-webs that Pope Francis had counselled an Argentine woman who had married a divorcee to go ahead and receive Communion. The story, as reporte... More


John XXIII, John Paul II, and the Triumph of Vatican II

Stop me if you've heard this before. Pope John XXIII called the Second Vatican Council in order to modernize the Church and help it get with the times. His vision for reform lives on in those pro... More


What Catholic Social Teaching is About

It is sometimes easy to forget that the Church’s social teaching isn’t primarily about politics and economics, though it clearly has something to say about both. There’s a great deal more to hum... More


“An Act of Love…”

Everyone seems to acknowledge the our immigration system is broken. No one but no one defends the status quo. Some act as if there is some overwhelmingly obvious solution to the problem -- as if "Immi... More

Paul Ryan

If Paul Ryan is a Racist, then He’s Doing it All Wrong

What do you call someone who thinks that the sources of human solidarity are mostly to be found in personal encounters, the kind that take place in the context of civil society? What do you call someo... More


Social Teaching in the City of John Paul II

[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="620"] St. Mary's Basilica, Krakow[/caption] In his 1991 encyclical, Centesimus Annus, Pope John Paul II wrote about the immense challenges facing those natio... More



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