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In politics, we can all be like ‘The Lord of the Rings’’ Frodo Baggins

In politics, we can all be like ‘The Lord of the Rings’’ Frodo Baggins

| Jason Adkins | September 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

The “Lord of the Rings” trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien is a beautiful work showing the important role even the smallest and seemingly most insignificant people have in the drama of history. In the trilogy, it is Frodo Baggins, the little hobbit, who embarks on a perilous adventure to destroy the ring of power at Mount Doom and save Middle Earth from the power of the evil Sauron.

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Can Catholics disagree on policy positions of bishops?

Can Catholics disagree on policy positions of bishops?

| Jason Adkins | August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

This session, the Catholic bishops of Minnesota advocated in favor of a policy that would allow undocumented immigrants to drive legally in Minnesota. The bishops and Minnesota Catholic Conference staff have received plenty of feedback from Catholics throughout the state, in many instances expressing their disagreement with that policy proposal.

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Promoting the common good is not a spectator sport

Promoting the common good is not a spectator sport

| Shawn Peterson | July 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

After five very blessed years as associate director for public policy with the Minnesota Catholic Conference, I have decided to pursue a new opportunity with Catholic Education Partners, an organization whose mission is to advance public policies that empower families and children to enjoy the benefits of a Catholic education. I firmly believe that giving more children the opportunity to receive a great Catholic education through parental choice is one of the best ways we can spread the Gospel, bring more people to Christ, and build a better and just society.

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A Church for the poor requires religious freedom

A Church for the poor requires religious freedom

| Jason Adkins | June 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

To bring the Gospel to all men and women, not to just the wealthy or intellectuals, Christianity must be incarnated in every aspect of civilization, including politics. This requires that the Church be free to cultivate the life of prayer needed to nurture discipleship in people who can, in turn, be leaven in society.

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Love your political enemies

Love your political enemies

| Jason Adkins | May 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Not every political issue is a battle between good and evil. In fact, most are not. But more and more issues at the Capitol are being framed that way because we continue to lose a sense of the dignity of our political opponents.

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Finding common ground for the common good

Finding common ground for the common good

| Emily Zinos | March 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

When I came back to the Catholic Church 20 years ago, it was due in large part to the Church’s public witness defending the sanctity of life in the womb. Since then, my experience of the Catholic faith has broadened my pro-life convictions into a concern for human life at every stage.

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Good politics is at the service of peace

Good politics is at the service of peace

| Jason Adkins | February 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

The annual papal message for the World Day of Peace (Jan. 1, Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God) — one of the best glimpses into the minds of the popes regarding social and political issues — offers specific counsel, rooted in the Gospel and Catholic social teaching, about how to work for peace in our time in light of current events.

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After 2018: Does the Church have a ‘bigger agenda?’

After 2018: Does the Church have a ‘bigger agenda?’

| Sarah Spangenberg | January 24, 2019 | 0 Comments

In the aftermath of this past summer’s revelations of sex abuse and cover-up in the Church, there is a tendency for Catholics to slip into an either-or way of thinking about how to respond: Either we cannot “get back to work” until we have adequately addressed the crisis, or, we cannot spare the time to respond to the scandals because the Church’s mission is too urgent.

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The evil within

The evil within

| Jason Adkins | December 19, 2018 | 0 Comments

In politics today, people have fallen into the habit of condemning the evil in other persons, groups, structures or oppressor classes, while they themselves embrace the role of victim.

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(Civic) friendship is an apostolate

(Civic) friendship is an apostolate

| Jason Adkins | November 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

When you read this, the 2018 elections will have passed. The anger will continue to boil, and new opportunities for outrage will undoubtedly abound. The demonization of political opponents will persist, and the saddling of the American presidency with criminal investigations and threats of impeachment will likely become a permanent feature of our politics.

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Seek first the kingdom

Seek first the kingdom

| Jason Adkins | October 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Faithful citizenship requires transcending the ideologies and partisan divides of our time and working primarily for the salvation of souls, not for short-term political gain on high-profile issues.

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