Author Archives: Robert Christian

Churches Aren’t M.I.A., But Haven’t Done Enough for the Poor

Robert Putnam, one of the country’s premier political scientists, recently sparked a debate over whether or not faith groups have been absent in the fight on poverty, saying: Historically, churches had been major, major movers on issues of social and political equality in America, but as I noted in [my 2010 book] “American Grace,” somewhat […]

Pope Francis’ Morning Homilies and His Vision for the Church

Pope Francis wasted little time in capturing the public’s imagination. And every day there seemed to be something new: an act of humility, a clever expression, or a challenge for each of us who wishes to follow in the way of Christ. We knew Pope Francis was doing something special, but it still took many […]

What is Communitarianism?

Over the last couple of years, there has been a growing focus among American Catholics on the fundamental incompatibility of libertarianism and Catholic moral and social thought. Yet few have become familiar with an approach to American politics that is far more compatible with the Church’s approach: communitarianism. In this video, Amitai Etzioni, a leading […]

Martin Richard’s Parents: Give the Boston Bomber Life in Prison, Not the Death Penalty

Bill and Denise Richard have taken to the Boston Globe to state their view on the sentencing of the Boston Marathon bomber, who took their 8-year-old son Martin’s life (among other crimes): “…now that the tireless and committed prosecution team has ensured that justice will be served, we urge the Department of Justice to bring […]

Is the Push for Same-Sex Marriage Based on the Sexual Revolution and the Spread of Libertarianism?

Can the sexual revolution take credit for the recent expansion of same-sex marriage, as some on the right have suggested? Is it purely the product of moral libertarianism that seeks to liberalize all laws regarding sexual conduct? Are Catholics capitulating to (or even embracing) the legalization of sexual license? Will this lead to increased support […]

Samantha Power on the Genocide in Rwanda and Mass Atrocities Today

US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power spoke at the UN on the Commemoration of the International Day of Reflection on the Genocide in Rwanda. During her remarks, she said: First and foremost, we gather to share in the enduring grief of our Rwandan brothers and sisters, who suffered such a searing and immeasurable […]

Lenten Reflection Series: That We All Might Be One

Perhaps the most radical Christian belief is a belief in the equal and innate dignity and worth of every single person. It subverts every cultural, historical, and biological form of unjust prejudice. St. Paul articulates it clearly in saying, “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free person, there is not […]


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