Faithful, Citizen

Reading some of the reactions to the bishops’ decision to stick with their Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship is a tad confusing. Some seem to interpret it as sticking it to the Right. Others, as some kind of cover for the Left. Actually, it strikes me as the continual challenge to the Catholic citizen, the Catholic in public/political life — whomever you are, whichever party you... More
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Photo: Blessed are the Peacemakers

I saw this incredible image on a friend’s Facebook wall: The context: “A Greek Orthodox Priest tries to stop a rioter from throwing a Molotov cocktail at Greek Police.” The background: Greece is in social and political crisis right now — crippling national debt and rising taxes are crushing the middle class, eliminating jobs and tearing at the nation’s social fabric,... More

Proportionate Reasons

A bunch of us here have been discussing the framework of a Catholic decision to vote. I started off the trouble by posting this about my reflections on Brown’s victory and its meaning for the “non-negotiable approach.” I’ve had responses from Jay, Matt, and Justin, but it’s Matt’s latest response I really want to key in on. (more…) ...READ MORE... More
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Has the “Non-Negotiable” Voting Framework Come to an End?

My friend, Michael Denton, has a good post asking “Does the right’s support of [Scott] Brown mean an end to the non-negotiable framework of voting?“. Michael offers 3 possible theories to explain the fact that many pro-lifers supported the pro-abortion Republican Brown over his Democratic (and also pro-abortion) opponent, Martha Coakley: (1) the Pessimist; (2) the Apologist; and ... More
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