Posts Tagged ‘politics’

The Truth Will Set You Free: Voting According to Catholic Principles

It’s that time of year again, when the November elections are on the horizon.  Inevitably, we are faced with some difficult decisions. It seems that the pool of candidates with good values gets smaller every year. What is a faithful Catholic, or for that matter any person of good will and right conscience, to do?

Fortunately, we can look to the wisdom of the Church for guidance on how to develop a rightly formed conscience,...

The Power of Communication: A Reflection on Euphemism

Let’s face it, we all do it. At a fine restaurant we would much sooner politely inquire for directions to the “restroom,” then brashly ask: “Where’s the toilet?”

It is a natural human tendency to perform a degree of instant self-sanitization of our phraseology, in order to accommodate our current audience, or, to quote the immortal Mary Poppins, to add the proverbial “spoonful of sugar” to help the medicine go down.

The...

Depersonalizing Women’s Health

“Her body! Her choice!” chanted New York Governor Cuomo’s angry voice in this year’s state of the State. Cuomo has aspirations for the 2016 Presidential race and hopes to set precedent for the rest of the country. His chant refers to his abortion expansion bill, the Reproductive Health Act (RHA), which would make abortion a fundamental human right.

Additionally, this bill would allow for abortion through all nine months, deregulate...

Together We Are Divided

President Barack Obama, in his Second Inaugural Address, could not have placed greater emphasis on the importance of America’s founding principles. He began by alluding to the “enduring strength of our Constitution” and proceeded to affirm the opening words of the Declaration of Independence: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these rights are...

The Limits of Politics

Father James V. Schall S.J., a professor of political philosophy at Georgetown University, recently gave his “Last Lecture,” entitled “The Final Gladness .” One of its main themes is one which Father Schall has consistently used throughout his writings, namely that politics has limits. As President Barack Obama is sworn in for his second term as the president of our nation, it seems fitting to focus on this same theme.

In his...

JFK’s ‘Speech on Faith’ – The Conscience: False Dichotomy Part II

Read Part I of this series here.

Perhaps the most notorious and oft-quoted example of Senator Kennedy’s miscomprehension of a well-formed conscience and the proper disposition of a person of faith from his “Ministerial Association Speech” is the following statement: “I believe in a president whose religious views are his own private affair, neither imposed by him upon the nation, or imposed by the nation upon him as...

JFK’s ‘Speech on Faith’ – The Conscience: False Dichotomy Part I

Germane to a discussion on conscience is John F. Kennedy, who, as a politician, ironically promoted an arguably anti-Catholic mentality in several of his views on the moral conscience and the role of religion in the public square.

Kennedy has, of course, subsequently become a prototype for others who have followed his style of Catholicism with regards to public life. His principles on this subject were mainly espoused in a

The Lumbering of Leviathan

Obama/Biden 50.5%. Romney/Ryan 47.9%. It will take some time for the country to understand what happened in the election, why it happened, and the election’s implications for the future...