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Category: Catholic Social Teaching (CST)

Fed Up: How the Federal Reserve is Easing Out the Middle Class

This piece appeared first at Aleteia I know what you’re thinking: with far more interesting topics like crime, immigration, Obamacare, and NSA spying, why bring up such boring, eye-glazing stuff as the Federal Reserve? Why not discuss those delicious partisan questions bandied about on what passes for television “news” – questions such as “Is Barack [...]

Breaking Open the Liberal Echo Chamber

This piece appeared at Aleteia About a dozen years ago, in the wake of the sex-abuse scandal that descended on the Archdiocese of Boston, a group known as Voice of the Faithful (VOF) was formed. Ostensibly, its purpose was to work for greater accountability and justice for victims – all worthy goals. But VOF was [...]

Does God Love the Poor More Than the Rich?

Published at Aleteia I have a friend named Trish who frequently corners me after Mass to ask questions about things she finds baffling about Scripture or Catholic teaching. Her questions range from the mundane – “Why, if Mary remained a virgin, does Scripture refer to the ‘brothers and sisters’ of Jesus?” – to the sublime [...]

Liberalisms, Left and Right

This piece was published at Aleteia In recent decades, the supposed divide in American politics has been between two irreconcilably opposed camps: “liberals” and “conservatives.” In the wake of Richard Nixon’s successful “southern strategy,” this imagined division has also been embedded in the identities and self-understanding of the two major political parties, with the Democrats [...]

Pope Francis’ Radical Call to Serve the Poor

This piece appeared at Aleteia We know he’s a Jesuit by religious vow. He’s told us he’s a Franciscan at heart. But is Pope Francis also a Vincentian? The recent news that he’s been sending the Vatican Almoner out with some Swiss Guards to attend to the sick and poor in their homes suggests he [...]

Is Capitalism Conservative?

This piece originally appeared at Aleteia My wonderful Aleteia colleague, Fr. Dwight Longnecker, recently wrote an article asking the question, “Is Catholicism Conservative?” The piece was a favorable review of two new books by prominent Catholic intellectuals: Tea Party Catholic – The Catholic Case for Limited Government, A Free Economy, and Human Flourishing, by Samuel [...]

A Syllabus of System Failures

This article appeared at Aleteia Several years ago, I stood in line at a Hertz rental counter and pondered the breakdown of complex systems. I had just flown into an airport that serves a large, southeastern American city. It was midday, and the line at Hertz wasn’t particularly long; when I got there I was [...]

Lead Us Not Into Default … Or Austerity

This was first published at Aleteia The partial government shutdown that kicked off on October 1 has been dominating the news lately, but an even greater crisis looms beginning October 17. That’s the date on which the federal government is expected to reach what’s known as the debt ceiling – the upper limit of what [...]

Whither Obamacare? A Catholic Take on the Affordable Care Act

This appeared at Aleteia Recent national polls suggest that the American people continue to be deeply divided over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as “Obamacare,” which will pass a significant milestone this week with the opening of state-based health care insurance exchanges. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll conducted in [...]

Drone Strikes: Equal Justice Under Law?

This piece originally appeared at Aleteia. On November 3, 2002, the American way of war entered a new era when the first-ever attack by armed drone aircraft was conducted in the Marib district of Yemen. The strike, which was directed from the Joint Special Operations Command in Tampa, Florida, killed Abu Ali al-Harithi, an Al-Qaeda [...]