RSSFaith in the Public Arena

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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Activism in Christ

Activism in Christ

| Jonathan Liedl | February 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

The first tumultuous weeks of Donald Trump’s presidency have seen marches, rallies and demonstrations across the country, held in opposition to, or in support of, at least some part of the president’s agenda. Millions have taken part, and the trend shows no sign of stopping. To put it mildly, activism is in the air.

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Catholics, it’s time to come to the Capitol

Catholics, it’s time to come to the Capitol

| Jason Adkins | January 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

This year, the bishops of Minnesota are hosting an exciting event in St. Paul March 9 called Catholics at the Capitol. With critical issues such as the legalization of assisted suicide and persistent family poverty at stake, Catholics concerned with life and human dignity cannot afford to miss it.

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The vocation of the public servant

The vocation of the public servant

| Jason Adkins | January 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

The 90th session of the Minnesota Legislature began Jan. 3. Dozens of first-term lawmakers are included among its 201 members.

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Immigration debate needs constructive engagement

Immigration debate needs constructive engagement

| Jason Adkins | December 21, 2016 | 6 Comments

The debate over immigration policy is inevitably heating up as we prepare for Donald Trump’s inauguration as president. Undoubtedly, an early priority of his presidency will be to increase border security and re-examine President Obama’s immigration enforcement policies.

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A healing balm for a wounded nation

A healing balm for a wounded nation

| Jason Adkins | November 18, 2016 | 1 Comment

Much can and has been said about the most recent election, and much more will be said for years to come. What is undoubtedly true is that the election cycle exacerbated two powerful dynamics in American public life: the constant thirst for change as a reaction to a political system that does not seem to work for average Americans, and deepening vitriolic divisions between people.

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Make voting ‘down ballot’ a top priority

Make voting ‘down ballot’ a top priority

| Shawn Peterson | October 26, 2016 | 1 Comment

Over the past several months, many faithful Catholics have expressed deep dissatisfaction with this year’s presidential election, and understandably so: Neither major party candidate seems personally guided by a consistent ethic of life, and there are deep, concerning questions about the character of both.

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Mother Teresa and conscience formation

Mother Teresa and conscience formation

| Mary Jane O'Brien | September 21, 2016 | 2 Comments

During election season, we hear a great deal about “following our consciences” and the need for conscience formation. The U.S. bishops offer their guide to faithful citizenship so that the principles of Catholic social teaching might inform our Election Day decisions, and a number of organizations similarly produce a range of voting guides.

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Getting voting right

Getting voting right

| Jonathan Liedl | August 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

The level of distaste for both major parties’ presidential candidates is at a historic high. In the midst of this discontent, the traces of two distorted approaches to voting have become clear.

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Debt, sustainability and solidarity

Debt, sustainability and solidarity

| Jason Adkins | July 21, 2016 | 3 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.

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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.

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