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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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Ending political homelessness

Ending political homelessness

| Jason Adkins | November 4, 2015 | 1 Comment

For many Catholics, the most troubling aspect of the presidential campaign season is the feeling of political homelessness. Just when one of the candidates begins to sound sensible, something completely outrageous emerges out of his or her mouth. No single candidate seems to be addressing the many important policy questions of our day.

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A political examination of conscience

A political examination of conscience

| Jason Adkins | October 7, 2015 | 7 Comments

Pope Francis’ recent speeches to Congress and to the United Nations were models of Church engagement in the public arena. By re-framing the task of politics and anchoring policy debates to the natural law, both messages were radical critiques of the prevailing culture of each institution and should serve as an examination of conscience for public officials at all levels of government.

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Culture of relativism harming families, individuals, society

Culture of relativism harming families, individuals, society

| Jason Adkins | September 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

As people from around the world gather in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families, it is important to take stock of one of the deepest challenges to the family today: moral relativism. Relativism is a powerful challenge to nurturing healthy families because it harms the moral ecology of society. It is hard for family life to flourish in a toxic moral, cultural and political ecosystem.

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Power politics vs. faithful citizenship

Power politics vs. faithful citizenship

| Kathryn Mollen | August 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

If a decline in the percentage of people who vote is any indication, people are disheartened with our political system. There seems to be a collective feeling that politics is nothing more than a partisan power struggle that serves special interests instead of the common good. People do not believe that their one voice makes a difference amidst a cacophony of competing voices.

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Read the whole encyclical, not just your favorite part

Read the whole encyclical, not just your favorite part

| Jason Adkins | July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis’ encyclical “Laudato Si’” is a great gift to the Church and the world, calling everyone to an ecological conversion that embraces an ethic of right relationships with God, our bodies, our neighbors and all of creation. Recognizing, with St. Francis of Assisi, that the sun is a “brother” and the water a “sister” requires first embracing God as father.

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The dead end of gender theory

The dead end of gender theory

| Jessica Zittlow | June 18, 2015 | 4 Comments

Pope Francis has been talking a lot lately about what he is calling “gender theory.” He has called it an “anthropological regression” that “does not recognize the order of creation.”

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In politics, make appeals, not demands

In politics, make appeals, not demands

| Jason Adkins | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

In a 2012 retreat to Caritas aid workers, then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis) told those present that truth is like a precious stone: Offer it in your hand, and it draws others to you; hurl it at someone, and it causes injury.

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Minnesotans want more choice in education

Minnesotans want more choice in education

| Shawn Peterson | May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

School choice opponents often argue that creating more options for parents will allow non-public schools to skim the cream of students from public schools, leaving everyone else behind. But a recent study underwritten by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice shows that a majority of Minnesotans do not agree that school choice is an “us vs. them” issue. Rather, Minnesotans believe that everyone can benefit from more choice in education.

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