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“Faith is truly a good for everyone; it is a common good. Its light does not simply brighten the interior of the Church, nor does it serve solely to build an eternal city in the hereafter; it helps us build our societies in such a way that they can journey toward a future of hope.”

-Pope Francis, Lumen Fidei (“The Light of Faith”), 51.

Latest Articles

THE PRINCIPLE OF SOLIDARITY AND U.S. HEALTHCARE: A CLOSER LOOK

When members of Congress were debating the Affordable Care Act, many Catholics suggested that the Catholic Principle of Subsidiarity was particularly instructive in the ongoing U.S. healthcare debate.   Although mindful of the many relevant Catholic principles involved in the discussions of U.S. Healthcare (e.g., common good, separation of Church and State, life, primacy of […]

Ten Questions Catholic-Americans Should Ask of Presidential Candidates

Catholic-Americans who would like to bring their Catholic tradition to the upcoming process of electing our next President of the United States should consider asking questions which reasonably flow from Catholic Social Teachings, particularly in light of Pope Francis’ recent contributions to Catholic Social Teaching.   At the very least, by requiring candidates to answer […]

Response to Freedom From Religion’s Letter to UGA President Regarding Football Chaplains at UGA

The following letter was submitted in response to the Freedom From Religion Foundation’s letter requesting the University of Georgia to Replace Football Chaplains with its Proposed Secular Policy: Dan Barker and Annie Laurie Gaylor Freedom From Religion Foundation P.O. Box 750 Madison, WI 53701 Dear Mr. Barker and Ms. Gaylor: I am writing on behalf […]

The Little Sisters of the Poor and the First Amendment: What’s Really At Stake?

As every law student quickly learns, the way one frames a legal issue can go a long way in ensuring that the case is decided in favor of the party which more favorably “frames” the issue in dispute. This principle applies even more so when legal cases implicate societal issues at large as these cases […]

Defining America’s Greatness: Truth, Natural Law and the Copernican Revolution

Although many Americans still embrace the notion of “American greatness,” our greatness is often referenced in such vague and inclusive terms that it is virtually impossible to demarcate between American greatness and that of any number of free or relatively modern nations. We are often left wondering exactly what it is that renders America great […]

Atheism Debate between Charles Gernazian and Ed Buckner

For those of you who were unable to attend, we are happy to report that the debate between Charles Gernazian and Ed Buckner was a huge success. For those of you who might not have even heard about the event, Catholic-American Center co-hosted a debate in which Charles debated the President of the National Atheists […]

Freedom of Religion and the HHS Mandate: Is Freedom of Religion becoming a Second Class Constitutional Right?

From the Catholic perspective, a very troubling aspect of the HHS Mandate is the manner in which our asserted Constitutional Right to Religious Freedom has been addressed by the Administration and essentially ignored by the public at large. Indeed, the manner in which our Freedom of Religion has been treated in the HHS Mandate appears […]

Mr. President: “Look Not On Our Sins . . . “

Dear Mr. President: Although one of the hallmarks of your Presidency is tolerance and respect of all persons, I respectfully want to inform you that your recent comments at the National Prayer Breakfast, albeit well intended, offended me very deeply and profoundly as a Catholic-American. Even assuming your references to the Crusades and the Inquisition […]

A Catholic-American’s Perspective on the Issue of Change in America

Although the mainstream media and political pundits frequently talk about the Catholic vote, rarely does anyone meaningfully ask how the Catholic vision of reality might shed light on a contemporary issue or theme in American Society. Arguably, a good example of a topic about which the Catholic Church has much to say is the topic […]

A Guiding Principle to the Debate on Healthcare: the Principle of Subsidiarity

We do not need a State which regulates and controls everything, but a State which, in accordance with the principle of subsidiarity, generously acknowledges and supports initiatives arising from the different social forces and combines spontaneity with closeness to those in need. – Pope Benedict XVI, DEUS CARITAS EST, 28   As a Catholic-American, the […]