Author Archives: Robert Christian

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 […]

Kerry Weber Discusses Mercy in the City with Millennial

Kerry Weber is one of the most talented millennial Catholic writers on the planet (and that sentence is still true if you remove the word ‘millennial’). And every time the subject of her recent book, Mercy in the City: How to Feed the Hungry, Give Drink to the Thirsty, Visit the Imprisoned, and Keep Your […]

Global Indifference, Solidarity, and Authentic Development

The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought & Public Life recently hosted a dialogue on Pope Francis’ message and actions, Catholic social teaching, and authentic development. The event featured Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the permanent observer of the Holy See to the United Nations and the Organization of American States; David Beckmann, president of Bread for the […]

The First Two Years of Pope Francis’ Papacy

With Pope Francis’ papacy entering its third year, a number of Catholic writers, scholars, and activists have taken the time to reflect on Francis’ first two years. Here are some highlights of their analysis: Pope Francis Has Taught the Church To Thrive Again by Christopher Hale: “Mercy is God’s most beautiful attribute. And Francis understands […]

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