Inside the Capitol

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

    Posted by · January 24, 2019 4:00 PM

    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

    Posted by · December 19, 2018 12:00 PM

    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

    Posted by · November 21, 2018 12:00 PM

    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

    Posted by · October 24, 2018 12:00 PM

    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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  • Countering infidelity with holiness

    Posted by · September 10, 2018 12:00 PM

    The latest round of revelations related to clerical corruption, abuse and sin are yet another inexcusable abomination that soils the garments of the Church. They severely compromise the integrity of our Gospel witness as heralds of Jesus Christ and his kingdom. Even more, they undermine our moral witness in the public arena, and our ability to serve as a voice of conscience in political life.

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  • A Catholic judge?

    Posted by · August 22, 2018 12:00 PM

    President Donald Trump has selected Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill the vacancy on the U.S. Supreme Court left by Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement. Unless something damaging emerges from his background, Judge Kavanaugh will be confirmed.

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  • ‘Gaudete et exultate’ teaches civic life as a labor of love

    Posted by · July 23, 2018 12:00 PM

    Holiness in politics? Is that an oxymoron? Not for Catholics. In Pope Francis’ recent exhortation “Gaudete et Exultate,” he reminds us that the two are indeed connected.

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  • Religious liberty and constructive freedom

    Posted by · June 21, 2018 12:00 PM

    Almost 40 years ago, in June 1979, Pope John Paul II traveled to his homeland of Poland, and within nine days ignited a human rights revolution that continues to shape the Church and the world today.

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  • Advocacy: More life-giving than you think

    Posted by · May 23, 2018 12:00 PM

    As Catholics, we are called to actively live out the Gospel in public life. It’s a call that sometimes solicits the thought, “Do I really have to?”

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