RSSFaith in the Public Arena

Debt, sustainability and solidarity

Debt, sustainability and solidarity

| Jason Adkins | July 21, 2016 | 2 Comments

As we commemorate the passing of one year since Pope Francis released his encyclical “Laudato Si’” (“On the Care for Our Common Home”), it is worth reminding ourselves how the pope’s representation of Catholic social doctrine through the lens of “integral ecology” can help us address some of the most challenging socio-political problems of our day, especially as we evaluate candidates in this election season.

Continue Reading

Everyone is called to be a witness

Everyone is called to be a witness

| Jason Adkins | June 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Church in the United States will once again observe the Fortnight for Freedom June 21-July 4. This two-week period is an opportunity for the whole Church to pray, study and reflect upon the great gift of religious freedom — our first, most cherished liberty.

Continue Reading

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?

Continue Reading

‘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.”

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.”

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.

Continue Reading

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.”

Continue Reading

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.”

Continue Reading