To Advance Justice, Catholics Should Make More Allies

In a recent article from The Atlantic, Italian journalist Anna Momigliano writes about an interesting alliance between two unlikely allies in Europe: Conservative, Pro-Life Catholics and Left-Wing, Pro-Choice Feminists. The cause that has united the two? Surrogacy. Unlike in America, where the practice is legal and not nearly scrutinized to the same degree as other reproductive issues, surrogacy is a hot topic in Europe. Momigliano writes: “The practice whereby a woman carries a pregnancy to term for third parties is… Read more

Working for Social Justice is Not Optional for Catholics

From my latest contribution at Millennial Journal.. The phrase “social justice” tends to trigger a wide range of responses depending on where one lands on the political spectrum. For some, it’s a pejorative. For others, a badge of honor. Either way, from a secular perspective, social justice is often viewed through the prism of partisan politics. But for Catholics, it’s something much different. For us, social justice is a central component to our faith, a key part of Catholic Social… Read more

Despite Flaws, Obamacare Was The More Catholic Option

When I judge a piece of legislation, I try to look beyond the selling points and soundbites meant to increase, or decrease, support, and answer one, simple question: At its heart, does this bill support or promote ideals consistent with Catholic Social Justice? In regards to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), I say the answer is yes. And here’s why. As I’ve pointed out on more than once occasion, the Church has been really clear about where it stands on… Read more

The Right to Healthcare is Owed, Not Earned

What is healthcare in the first place? Is it a right—something to which all people are entitled regardless of income, job status, age, or health? Or is it a consumer good—a service that’s meant to be bought and sold on the market? Approached from an entirely secular, political perspective, this is, admittedly, a complex question worthy of debate. However, for any Catholic, the answer should be a pretty simple. Healthcare is a right. It absolutely is. And that’s not my opinion,… Read more

A Conversation With Christopher Hale of Catholics In Alliance for the Common Good

During the final, heated months of the 2016 presidential election, the DNC was hacked and a treasure trove of emails was leaked to the public. In one particular email, dated in 2012, John Podesta and Sandy Newman discuss the potential for a “Catholic Spring”—aka a progressive uprising—within the Church. In one reply, Podesta mentions by name a particular non-profit through which a “spring” could, theoretically, be initiated: Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good (CACG). Podesta wrote: “We created Catholics… Read more

The GOP’s New Healthcare Plan Is Bad On Purpose

Throughout his campaign, Trump promised to get rid of the “disaster” of Obamacare and replace it with something far, far better. He promised that Americans would have access to better, cheaper coverage and that no one would have to go without it. Well, the new GOP bill to replace Obamacare is out, and everyone is talking about how it delivers on every single one of Trump’s promises. Just kidding. They’re actually talking about how bad it is, and how it… Read more

Missing The Point Of Catholic Social Justice

Every time I write something concerning Catholic Social Justice, I am always met with rebuttals that, for lack of better phrasing, super duper miss the point. For example, I recently posted a video in which I stated that healthcare is a right and an important part of the broader right to life—a truly non-controversial statement that is supported by the Catechism, the USCCB, and the Pope. Yet, in response, a reader posted this all-too-common spiel. Here is the problem with… Read more

The Right to Life Includes the Right to Healthcare

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Reflecting on the Sermon on the Mount

Dear readers, I present to you a momentary departure from my general MO of discussing politics and pro-life issues.   The Sermon on the Mount is easily one of my favorite (if not most favorite) parts of the Bible. Specifically the verses found in Matthew 5. You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, offer no resistance to one who is evil. When someone strikes… Read more

Finding Middle Ground in the Abortion Debate: A New Focus

This time it’s a video! Read more

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