politics

WAKE UP: THE REAL DANGER POSED BY THE CALIFORNIA CONFESSION BILL

Confessionals

SB 360, a piece of proposed legislation currently making its way through the California state senate, should alarm not only every Catholic in the country, but indeed the adepts of any religion. In California, as in almost every other state, clergy members (along with a variety of other professionals, including physicians, social workers, teachers, and therapists) are mandated reporters—which is […]

Seeing Abortion

We stand at a pivotal point in the great moral debate over abortion in our country—not because new arguments have emerged, but rather because laws so breathtaking in their barbarism have been passed, and a film so visceral in its presentation of the reality of abortion has found a wide audience. As John Henry Newman reminded us, assent to a […]

Lessons from Emmaus Road for the Anxious and Discouraged

"Supper at Emmaus" (detail) by Caravaggio

We are all likely familiar with the “walk to Emmaus” (Luke 24:13-35) by two of Christ’s disciples the evening of the Resurrection in Luke’s Gospel.  These two men, overcome with hopelessness and discouragement, were talking about the incredible events they had witnessed over the previous few days as they were walking to their home village of Emmaus outside of Jerusalem.  […]

New York, Abortion, and a Short Route to Chaos

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t was the celebration that was particularly galling. On the 46th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, signed into law a protocol that gives practically unrestricted access to abortion, permitting the killing of an unborn child up until the moment of delivery. In the wake of the ratification, the legislators and their […]

About Social Justice and Evangelization

"The Parable of the Good Samaritan" (detail) by Jan Wijnants

While I was in Chicago for the Christmas break, I had a wonderful meeting with around thirty young Jesuits, all in their “pre-tertianship” period of formation. This means that these men had already passed through their lengthy education in philosophy and theology and had been involved for some time in a ministry of the Jesuit order. The group I addressed […]

Praying the Daily Examen

Man at Prayer

I have had numerous discussions recently about finding time for daily prayer and reflection.  People have been interested in how I keep the Jesuit Daily Examen on my calendar, so I am sharing it here along with suggested times.  The Examen is one of the most effective (and easiest) ways I know to have scheduled reflection and prayer throughout the […]

The Pro-Life Movement and the Culture of Death: Are we fighting fire with fire?

In the fight against the culture of death, are our words enough? Is a political movement of people enough? Is protest enough? These are questions that need to be asked, especially in the wake of this year’s March for Life in Washington, DC. This article will hopefully articulate my response to these questions based upon the experiences I’ve had with […]

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen on Politics

Venerable Fulton J. Sheen

It’s campaign time again – a season of anxiety. Pro-lifers vote for life; something that trumps all else. Those defending a mother’s right to abort her unborn baby, get downright angry at the thought of candidates minding someone else’s business – the business being the life of a baby. Protecting traditional marriages labels one a hater. Then, the HHS Mandate […]

Six Important Things Catholics Must do this Political Season

Courtesy of the Architect of the Capitol

Catholics and the Healthcare Debate It is now three days since the Supreme Court ruled the Affordable Care Act (ACA) constitutional (with the exception of the Act’s threat to withhold federal funding of State Medicaid programs) by a 5-4 margin. Everywhere I go and no matter who I encounter, this topic is on the minds of everyone. And nearly all […]

Forgiveness is Freedom: An Interview with Kinyarwanda Director Alrick Brown

Most Americans are familiar with the Holocaust and the horrible atrocities we associate with that genocide, but few can give details about the brief, but massive, genocide that occurred in Rwanda in 1994 when over 800,000 people were murdered in just 100 days. During the genocide, the lower-class Hutus brutally hunted down their hated enemies, the upper-class Tutsis whom they […]