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Notre Dame, President Obama, and Faith’s Future in Catholic Universities

As with all issues that evoke strong emotional reactions among Catholics, the recent controversy surrounding Notre Dame’s granting an honorary degree to President Obama raises many fundamental questions about who we are as Catholic-Americans. Among other things, the controversy should force us to ask the following fundamental question about Catholic education: to what extent should […]

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 […]

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PUBLIC DISCOURSE AND PLATO: BEWARE OF “COMMUNICATION SHORTCUTS”

As the lawyers and Congress sort out the many issues of great concern regarding Facebook, and as we see increasing misuse of Twitter and other social media platforms to further divide Americans, I urge Catholic-Americans to take this opportunity to evaluate whether America’s common good is better or worse as a result of our penchant […]

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 […]

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 […]

Notre Dame, President Obama, and Faith’s Future in Catholic Universities

As with all issues that evoke strong emotional reactions among Catholics, the recent controversy surrounding Notre Dame’s granting an honorary degree to President Obama raises many fundamental questions about who we are as Catholic-Americans. Among other things, the controversy should force us to ask the following fundamental question about Catholic education: to what extent should […]