Author Archives: Robert Christian

Bishop John Wester: Pro-life? Support Medicaid Expansion

Bishop John Wester of Salt Lake City has called out those who claim to be pro-life but oppose extending healthcare coverage to those who need it. In affirming the Church’s “Whole Life” approach to the sanctity of life, the bishop has taken a strong stand for human life and dignity by backing Medicaid expansion. He […]

Pope Francis: Don’t Legalize Marijuana and Other Drugs

Our country needs more effective, humane, and justly enforced anti-drug policies. But legalizing the drugs that ruin people’s lives is not the answer. Pope Francis delivered precisely this message last Friday: Let me state this in the clearest terms possible: the problem of drug use is not solved with drugs! Drug addiction is an evil, […]

The Catholic Case against Libertarianism (Part II): Cardinal Rodriguez and Bishop Cupich

The centerpiece of the recent Erroneous Autonomy: The Catholic Case Against Libertarianism conference was Cardinal Oscar Rodríguez Maradiaga’s keynote address, which was followed by an excellent, thoughtful response by Bishop Blase Cupich. The Cardinal was introduced by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, who described Pope Francis’ commitment to workers and their families while movingly recounting how […]

Cardinal Dolan Tries to Spin Pope Francis’ Message with Help from a Free Market Critic of the Pope

Cardinal Timothy Dolan has a new article in the Wall Street Journal. It is massively disappointing and either exceptionally inarticulate and incoherent or an intentional dissent from Catholic doctrine on economic justice. What is clear is that it is an attempt (albeit failed) to spin Pope Francis’ strong defense of economic justice in order to […]

Courage and Hidden, Everyday Saints

We often associate courage with fearlessness in the face of danger. In our society, fortitude has been disconnected from the other virtues that define its true meaning. But courage is not about being reckless. It is not about courting danger for an adrenalin rush. Courage may involve great acts of heroism that involve danger and […]


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