April 18, 2019

On Good Friday we remember that God subjected himself to the evil of humanity, and what that evil looked like when it was placed upon him. We recall that somehow, in a way not fully understood by us, this voluntary self-sacrifice by the Creator and Sustainer of the universe made possible a reconciliation between him and the humanity that manifested its rejection of him by the torture and degradation it inflicted upon him. It is of the essence of the… Read more

March 24, 2019

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Donald Trump berated “Detroit automakers for closing plants and sending jobs abroad.” [1] With the next election coming next year, he has stepped up the rhetorical attack once again, and has demanded that General Motors reopen its Lordstown, Ohio plant, urging “G.M. to close a factory in China or Mexico instead of idling the one in Lordstown.” G.M. responded that the fate of Lordstown and other North American factories “’will be resolved between G.M. and… Read more

March 15, 2019

Then said Jesus to the crowds and to his disciples, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat; so practice and observe whatever they tell you, but not what they do; for they preach, but do not practice.” —Matthew 23:1-3 Recently your humble servant has been writing about how bishops should be elected by the people of the diocese. While it is an idea that has pleased some, it has been met with derision by others. That has to… Read more

February 26, 2019

$96,261.00 That’s what the annual salary of a homemaker would be if she was compensated in money for the work she does according to Investopedia in 2012. [1] Investopedia “examined some of the tasks that a homemaker might do to find out how much his or her services would net as individual professional careers,” taking into consideration only homemaker “tasks which have monetary values” using “the lowest value for each calculation.” The professions that went into the calculation were a… Read more

February 9, 2019

“The Church values the democratic system inasmuch as it ensures the participation of citizens in making political choices, guarantees to the governed the possibility both of electing and holding accountable those who govern them, and of replacing them through peaceful means when appropriate,” said St. Pope John Paul II in Centesimus annus. “Thus she cannot encourage the formation of narrow ruling groups which usurp the power of the State for individual interests or for ideological ends.” (Ibid, no. 46) [1]… Read more

January 23, 2019

At the end of last month your humble servant wrote an article entitled “The People Should Elect the Bishop,” [1] which got a fair amount of attention, and some objections were raised that require a response. Even though it is an old idea, for those of us living in these times it is a new idea, and it is not surprising that some objections would be raised. People are accustomed to what they are accustomed to, and practices which precede… Read more

January 8, 2019

As of this writing President Trump just finished his televised speech, and the partial government shutdown is still in place, as President Trump stands firm on the southern border wall. He hasn’t asked for a northern border wall yet. Now Mr. Trump has had, until now, a completely Republican Congress, and accomplishing this sordid end should have been easier then. But it seems he couldn’t accomplish it then, so he has resorted to a kind of blackmail at a time… Read more

December 29, 2018

I’m going to have to step out of my comfort zone here. Christian Democracy is about the application of Catholic social teaching to civic life. That is its purpose. I leave theological questions, and issues regarding interior Church life to others more qualified. But the other day I read that a report from Illinois “Attorney General Lisa Madigan finds the number of Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse against children in Illinois is much higher than previously acknowledged. “The report… Read more

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