Pope Francis Declares Death Penalty Inadmissible

I’ve made it clear on more than one occasion that I am an absolute, unwavering opponent of the death penalty and I support nothing less than total abolition of capital punishment. So of course I was thrilled to read a recent article in America Magazine about Pope Francis’ declaration that the death penalty was contrary to the Gospel. “One has to strongly affirm that condemnation to the death penalty is an inhuman measure that humiliates personal dignity, in whatever form… Read more

A Response to Peter Wolfgang’s Critique of The New Pro-Life Movement

I have to give credit to Peter Wolfgang over at Crisis Magazine. His recent assessment of The New Pro-Life Movement is easily the most civil, empathetic criticism we’ve received. Under the title “The New Pro-Life Movement: Been There, Done That”, Wolfgang takes aim at our strategy—not with malice, hyperbole, or insults—but with (what seems to be) genuine skepticism. Which is completely fair, as he openly points to his past as a pro-life leftist as the source of his pessimistic outlook… Read more

Here’s One of Those “Root Causes” of Abortion We’re Always Talking About

Abortion doesn’t happen in a moral vacuum. Those of us who call ourselves pro-life must realize that abortion is not the only thing that contributes to an anti-life culture. Read more

Sure. Let’s Talk About Church Teaching On Immigration.

By now, everyone has either seen, heard, or read something about Steve Bannon’s 60 Minutes interview where he makes the following claim about the Catholic Church’s stance on immigration. CHARLIE ROSE: I remind you, a good Catholic, that Cardinal Dolan is opposed to what’s happened with DACA. Cardinal Dolan. STEVE BANNON:  The Catholic Church has been terrible about this. CHARLIE ROSE:  OK. STEVE BANNON: The bishops have been terrible about this. By the way, you know why? You know why?… Read more

On Salvation and Witnessing, Or Why Father Martin Is Right

For several months now, there’s been a lot of debate and online fervor surrounding Father James Martin and his efforts to “build a bridge” between the Catholic Church and the LGBT community (if you’re unfamiliar with Father Martin, I highly suggest you look him up). While his actions have been praised by many, there are plenty of dissenters who have, loudly, proclaimed Fr. Martin’s work to be everything from spiritually dangerous to downright blasphemous. Most of these dissenters believe that… Read more

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


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