Tag Archives: Faithful Citizenship

Oh No… Voting…

Recently, I found myself frowning over some distant Catholic priest’s endorsement of a certain presidential candidate.  A little while later, I found myself gritting teeth over another distant Catholic leader’s endorsement of the other presidential candidate.  I recognize that this is an extremely complicated tension we Catholics experience.  As people of faith, we must be politically engaged across the spectrum.  We must advocate for the sound Christian principles that sustain our culture and make our nation great.  But we also need to be cautious and perhaps a little suspicious of all political parties.  The reason …

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Election Year Blues and Faithful Citizenship

Working in diocesan and parish ministry, I have in years past always dreaded a major election year. During major elections, my feeling is that national political identities, individually and perhaps communally, can seemingly run amuck. Our sense of Catholic identity can take a backseat. Our partisan Catholic claws can seemingly come out on both sides of the partisan debates.  In the end, both sides can be both right and both wrong when it comes to having a corner on truth with regard to Church teaching. At least, that has been my perspective. Up until a …

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Stephen Colbert and Faithful Citizenship

Among the many things vying to pull our attention away from the Fifty Days of Unbounded Easter Joy, the upcoming presidential election stands out. At least every four years, American Catholics find themselves wedged between a consistent-ethic-of-life hard place and the rock of American politics. Of course, Catholics in both major parties will object that each of their platforms is the clear choice for Catholic voters. But in my experience, especially with young committed Catholics, a real predicament persists for many of us. One of the temptations of our political predicament is cynicism. How often …

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