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


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


Sandra Fluke Wants to Write Your Laws

Many in the Democratic Party--including those who occupy the big, white house at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue--believe that a person's right to have someone else pay for birth control is so fundamental t... More


Cardinal O’Malley: So Who is Obsessed?

In the run-up to today's March for Life, Boston's archbishop, Cardinal Seán O'Malley, gave an interview to the Boston Herald (h/t Rocco Palm) which was published yesterday. One of the questions... More

Pope Francis

Pope Francis, Breastfeeding, and Breaking with Catholic Tradition

We now know the answer to a question no one in the entire world was asking: What does the bishop of Rome think about breastfeeding in public? [caption id="" align="alignright" width="234"] Our La... More


A Shockin’ Holy Saint?

In his classic book of Christian apologetics, Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis warns against the position--common today among spiritual-but-not-religious types--that Jesus was a fine ethicist ("Love you... More



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