Archive for January, 2016

The Presidential Candidates on Environmental Stewardship

By Stephanie Pacheco

Find the developing series on issues to consider this election season here.

The primary elections are starting to loom in American politics and Pope Francis has made environmental stewardship more of a focus for Catholics than it has perhaps ever been before with his 2015 encyclical Laudato Si, which concerned “our common home,” and cited Patriarch Bartholomew’s views that “to commit a crime against the natural world is a sin against ourselves and a...

Rights Talk in the 2016 Election

Find the developing series on issues to consider this election season here.

There is a reason why our politics are so ugly, and it is of course not a new reason. We yell at each other without listening when it comes to policy, who the best candidate is, and why one’s own – or other persons’ – “rights” are always at issue.

To set our modern “rights talk” in context, I beg your...


Stephen Phelan

sphelanStephen Phelan is Director of Mission Communications for Human Life International. He has produced three documentaries for HLI that were broadcast worldwide on EWTN, and his work has been published in First Things, Crisis Magazine, the Truth and Charity Forum, and several other outlets.

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Faithful Citizenship, Voting, and the Life Issues

In November 2015 the US Bishops approved their latest edition of Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship. This important document is meant to help guide the faithful in the formation of their consciences, especially when it comes to the subject of voting for candidates who are seeking public office. This is no small matter especially given the reality,...

Solidarity and Subsidiarity

Much of contemporary political discourse consists of a debate between two camps: those who argue, “We need to do something about…” and those who contend that, “It’s not the government’s responsibility to…” The Catholic Church teaches that each approach, by itself, is inadequate. Ideologies derived from such sentiments should not be the yardstick of Catholic...


Aaron Linderman, Ph.D.

alindermanAaron Linderman, Ph.D. holds degrees in History from the University of Dallas and Texas A&M and in Statecraft & National Security from the Institute of World Politics. He is a historian of modern Britain and the author of Rediscovering Irregular Warfare: Colin Gubbins and the Origins of Britain’s Special Operations Executive.

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Truth and Religious Freedom

In Democracy in America, Alexis de Tocqueville’s two-volume reflection on his experiences in America during the early 1800s, he writes that religion is “the first of their [American’s] political institutions,” and the “peaceful influence exercised by religion over their country [is attributed] principally to the separation of Church and state” (Vol. 1, Part 2, Ch. 9). Certainly, the State should...

Voting Well: A Moral Obligation

Another presidential election season is upon us. This may fill you with dread, hope or anticipation, depending on your interest in politics and this year’s candidates. For myself, it is easy to experience election fatigue, wherein I tire of the endless parodies, smear campaigns and the ubiquitous political platitudes found on social media. Regardless of our...