Tim Shaughnessy

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Tim Shaughnessy

Tim Shaughnessy is a cradle Catholic living in Shreveport, Louisiana with undergraduate degrees in economics and political science from Kalamazoo College, and a Master’s and Ph.D. in economics from Florida State University. He teaches economics at the undergraduate and graduate level, and is a faculty advisor for the campus Catholic student organization. He has worked at the Acton Institute for the Study of Religion and Liberty and was the first managing editor for the Journal of Markets & Morality while an undergraduate. He also worked for Representative Harold Voorhees in the Michigan state legislature. He serves the parish RCIA program as a sponsor and lecturer, and is active in parish and diocesan pro-life activities.

Recent Posts

Nogales fence By bunky's pickle

Immigration: keep the illegals out!

My earlier post spawned a flurry of comments that all offered similar criticisms. To paraphrase the most common: "Legal immigration is fine; it's illegal immigration that we need to stop. Illegal i... More

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Immigration: why we should like it

The "we" in the title can refer to two groups: Americans and Catholics. Americans, particularly those of a more conservative bent, tend to view immigration with a hefty dose of skepticism. The thinkin... More


The marriage debate we should be having

There has been much digital and literal ink spilled on the fight over so-called "gay marriage," even here at CV.org and in my own posts. We obviously disagree with "marriage equality" folks that two m... More

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The Age of the Theologian

I recently caught an episode of EWTN's "Catholicism on Campus" where the subject was economics and a point was made briefly that I think bears reflection. It is said that the wise know that they do... More


Starbucks vs. Chick-fil-A: some results

I didn't realize there would be a follow-up so soon to my earlier post, but here you go. When I first saw the headline "California Chick-Fil-A Offers Free Meals To Gay Marriage Supporters," I presumed... More

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Starbucks vs. Chick-fil-A

Two CEOs, two opposing positions on same-sex "marriage," two similar results? I doubt it. I'm sure I don't need to remind CV readers of the Chick-fil-A controversy. Just the fact that it has the la... More

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Extremists are Extreme

An atheist friend on facebook linked to this cartoon on his wall (*warning: potty language nearby*) from The Oatmeal. If you'd like to avoid adding to the pageviews for a mildly offensive cartoon, I'l... More

Light bulb vase by entso

Don’t bust my “bulble”

If progressives can credit Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI with anything, it would be in shining more of a light on environmental issues. Of course, those inheriting the tradition of the Old Testament have... More

Photo by Catholic Church (England and Wales)

The liturgy via the “hermeneutics of politics”

I've seen a few references online to the unscripted "chat" by Pope Benedict to priests and clergy of the Diocese of Rome (e.g., Fr. Z here). And while I admit I didn't read it all (I should be grading... More


The story of two eight-year terms

Pope Benedict, 2005-2013 vs. President Obama, 2008-2016 I know, the comparison is hardly equivalent for many reasons: Ratzinger was well-known worldwide as a leading scholar and hardly raised a... More



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