RSSFaith in the Public Arena

Combating racial disparities

Combating racial disparities

| Jason Adkins | September 26, 2017 | 2 Comments

Racial disparities continue to persist in American life. As a response, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops recently instituted a new initiative to fight racism in all its forms.

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Gender ideology: colonizing — not cultivating — student minds

Gender ideology: colonizing — not cultivating — student minds

| Jason Adkins | August 22, 2017 | 4 Comments

Our schools should be places where children are trained to pursue the true, the good and the beautiful — or, at the very least, equipped to honestly and rationally engage with objective reality. A school should be a place of education, not ideological instruction.

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The crisis of men without work

The crisis of men without work

| Jonathan Liedl | July 27, 2017 | 2 Comments

There is a growing deficit of men in the workforce.

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Love Jesus, not politics

Love Jesus, not politics

| Rachel Herbeck | June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

In my work as the policy and outreach coordinator for the Minnesota Catholic Conference, I meet many Catholics who have a deep aversion to politics. In their experience, politics are so steeped in special interests and dominated by power games that they don’t see why a Catholic should wade into such an imperfect arena.

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Breaking the state’s monopoly on hearts, minds

Breaking the state’s monopoly on hearts, minds

| Jason Adkins | June 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The well-being of Minnesota students took a hit during this year’s legislative session, as the Opportunity Scholarship Program was left by the wayside during final negotiations. Despite the fact that similar programs have been successful in several others states and could have played an important role in closing Minnesota’s unacceptable achievement gap, it was scrapped after an all-out revolt from the public school establishment.

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Immigration and an Easter people

Immigration and an Easter people

| Jason Adkins | May 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Easter season is a time to confidently celebrate the victory of Christ over death, once and for all. But the confidence of the resurrection is too often missing from our lives as Christians — in our commission to proclaim the good news, yes, but also in our call to faithful citizenship.

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Novak and the moral foundations  of a free society

Novak and the moral foundations of a free society

| Jason Adkins | May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Catholic world lost one of its most illuminating thinkers when Michael Novak recently passed away at age 83. Novak can be credited with articulating a vision of the moral foundations necessary to maintain a system of democratic capitalism (political freedom and free enterprise).

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Making sure our water works

Making sure our water works

| Shawn Peterson | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the Land of 10,000 Lakes, it can be easy to take water for granted — it is literally all around us, even more so in the rainy month of April.

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The light of faith in public life

The light of faith in public life

| Jason Adkins | April 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Catholics must play an important part in the renewal of public life. And they should do so as Catholics, not just as citizens who happen to be Catholic.

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Encouraging new growth in family farming

Encouraging new growth in family farming

| Shawn Peterson | March 22, 2017 | 1 Comment

The decline of small, family farms and rural communities isn’t just a problem for small-town residents or American Gothic enthusiasts. It carries with it consequences for all Minnesotans that we should address.

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Taking the ‘porn problem’ public

Taking the ‘porn problem’ public

| Ryan Wilson | March 7, 2017 | 4 Comments

The Catholic faith has long drawn attention to the serious and sinister consequences of pornography on the human soul. In 2016, for instance, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released “Create in Me a Clean Heart,” a pastoral letter describing pornography’s ability to distort one’s understanding of human sexuality and stunt his or her capacity for self-giving love. The bishops condemned pornography as part of the “throwaway culture” Pope Francis has described and warned that its harms “include physiological, financial, emotional, mental and spiritual effects.”

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The rosary and the renewal of politics

The rosary and the renewal of politics

| Jason Adkins | February 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Exactly one 100 years ago, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children outside of Fatima, Portugal, sharing with them some extraordinary messages and prophecies. But Our Lady of Fatima’s most urgent plea was for repentance — on behalf of ourselves, sinners and entire nations — as well as for people to pray the rosary. In the end, she promised, her Immaculate Heart would triumph.

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