RSSFaith in the Public Arena

How does school choice benefit me?

How does school choice benefit me?

| Shawn Peterson | May 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

For those without kids in school, it might be difficult to see why expanding parental choice in education is a policy goal deserving of widespread public support. After all, one might ask, how does it benefit me?

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‘The Joy of Love’ and family policy

‘The Joy of Love’ and family policy

| Jonathan Liedl | April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

In his recently released exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), Pope Francis affirms the family as the foundational unit of society, the place where children are nurtured and formed in love and where spouses grow in self-giving. “The welfare of the family,” the Holy Father says, “is decisive for the future of the world and that of the Church.”

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Bishops’ visit to Capitol models faithful citizenship

Bishops’ visit to Capitol models faithful citizenship

| Jonathan Liedl | March 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

When the bishops of Minnesota had breakfast with Gov. Mark Dayton and met with legislators at the State Capitol in mid-March, they weren’t just “keeping up appearances.” Beyond the pleasantries and the occasional photo-op, the day was a powerful encapsulation of the mission of the Minnesota Catholic Conference: to protect human dignity and advance the common good by living out the Church’s right and responsibility to participate in public conversation about laws and policies.

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Minnesota’s budget: Finding the right ‘measure’

Minnesota’s budget: Finding the right ‘measure’

| Jason Adkins | March 15, 2016 | 1 Comment

One of the main debates at the State Capitol this year centers on what to do with a projected $900 million budget surplus, the result of anticipated revenues for this current budget biennium exceeding planned government expenditures.

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Failure of all-or-nothing politics

Failure of all-or-nothing politics

| Shawn Peterson | March 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Even someone as accustomed to political victory as Otto von Bismarck said that “[p]olitics is the art of the possible, the attainable — the art of the next best.”

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Bringing Christ to the caucus

Bringing Christ to the caucus

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | February 17, 2016 | 2 Comments

Venturing into the political realm today can be an unappealing prospect. Sometimes it seems that American politics appeals to our base fears and prejudices, while advancing only the special interests of a powerful few.

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How to caucus: MCC explains

How to caucus: MCC explains

| Minnesota Catholic Conference | February 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

As Catholics, caucusing provides us an opportunity not only to live out the call to faithful citizenship, but also to have a meaningful impact on the political process.

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Surrogacy and the throwaway culture

Surrogacy and the throwaway culture

| Kathryn Mollen | February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has waged a war on the “throwaway culture,” in which anything can be commodified and given a dollar value, and where life itself can be, in his words, “considered a consumer good to be used and then discarded.”

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Don’t make politics an idol

Don’t make politics an idol

| Jonathan Liedl | January 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

When we hear the word “idolatry,” we probably think first of a golden calf and pagan worship. But idolatry, giving the reverence and devotion owed to God to something created instead, is actually a much more commonplace sin. In fact, the Catechism of the Catholic Church warns us that idolatry “remains a constant temptation of faith.”

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Politics in the Year of Mercy

Politics in the Year of Mercy

| Jason Adkins | January 6, 2016 | 2 Comments

The current Year of Mercy proclaimed by Pope Francis is an opportunity to reconsider how the creative force of mercy can be extended to the realm of public policy. Though the aim of law is to establish justice, it can be enriched by a life-giving mercy that seeks to restore and maintain right relationships — the true aim of justice. Otherwise, the execution of justice can become merely the impersonal application of commands.

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Patriotism, American exceptionalism and the common good

Patriotism, American exceptionalism and the common good

| Jason Adkins | December 16, 2015 | 0 Comments

Today, “patriotism,” a proper love of country or home, is often castigated as narrow-minded, bigoted or reactionary by the cosmopolitan elites who police our public discourse.

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