Why Catholic Teaching Unquestionably Necessitates the Use of Renewable Energy

A Good World, a Life of Rights, and the Freedom to Choose   Catholic teaching unquestionably necessitates the use of renewable energy. Notice, I did not limit Catholic teaching to “Catholic Social Teaching,” or “Catholic Morality Teaching.” Catholic teaching as a whole is complex and many-sided; rarely, if ever, is there a single inflexible Message [Read More...]

Can Progressive Christians Ever Support War?

With Memorial Day upon us, we Americans are about to enter the three day ritual of remembering those who have served and do serve in the armed forces, and especially those who have given their lives on behalf of our liberty and security.  As a progressive Christian, I will speak for myself to the question [Read More...]

The Truth About Income Inequality

Most Americans are working much harder for much less, and that is why we have the largest income inequality since the Great Depression. In America, we strive to move forwards, not backwards. But making the rich richer by making the poor poorer is stagnating our economy and crushing the dreams of hardworking Americans. It’s time [Read More...]

Back To Basics With Lent

In the year 325 CE, the first great world-wide council of the Christian Church deliberated in Nicaea under the leadership of the Bishops of the territory of the Roman Empire, and of the new Christian Emperor Constantine I.  In addition to establishing a unified church dogma concerning the Holy Trinity and who Jesus is, the [Read More...]

How to Respond When World Vision Breaks Your Heart

We like to think of God in terms of sides – God’s either on our side or theirs, we’re either on God’s side or not. But I think God might instead be on the sidelines, weeping that battle lines are again being drawn. [Read more...]

Burns Strider Talks Faith, Politics, and Rural Voters

On Friday, March 21st, Burns Strider sat down with Salena Zito of Off Road Politics’ to talk faith, elections, and rural voters. Zito is a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review staff writer, a Trib editorial page columnist, and host of Off Road Politics on TribLIVE radio. When these two get together, it’s always a good time! Strider began [Read More...]

What the Real Saint Patrick Teaches us about Faith Today

If you ask your average “Irish American” about the life of Saint Patrick you would hear something about an Irish Shepherd who rid the Ireland of snakes with the power of Christianity—if you’re lucky. It is more likely that you would hear nothing about the “real” Saint Patrick, instead being forced to listen to incoherent [Read More...]

The Responsibility of Government Leaders to the Working Poor

Government is a calling to serve, to promote the general welfare and pursue the common good. Pope Francis said as much when he stated, “Politics is one of the highest forms of charity, because it serves the common good.”  The responsibility of a government and its leaders to the people they have authority over is [Read More...]

Scripture and Policy Poverty Guide

Last week, in response to the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s War on Poverty, Rep. Paul Ryan released a Poverty Report arguing for severe cuts to many of the programs that provide assistance to the working poor. Rather than offering concrete suggestions of his own on how to assist struggling families, the report simply attacks [Read More...]


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