In All Things
On Oct. 8, in my capacity as Executive Director of the Catholic Labor Network, I was invited to speak at the annual convention of the National Association of Catholic School Teachers . They met in the historic see where the U.S. bishops, gathered at the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore (1884) had called for the construction of a comprehensive system of Catholic schools mirroring America’s parishes. The bishops wanted to ensure Catholic children an...
Alexander Hamilton—the founding father of the moment thanks to the hit musical based on his life—is generally not associated with the cause of religious freedom in the United States. Among Hamilton’s contemporaries, that honor is usually reserved for one of his great rivals, Thomas Jefferson, the author of the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. But it was Hamilton who vigorously defended the political rights of Catholics in New York in the face of efforts to require them to renounce...
Tom Hoopes is a lay Catholic writer-in-residence and professor at Benedictine College in Kansas and director of the Gregorian Institute. He is a former editor at National Catholic Register and a former press secretary for U.S. House & Ways Chairman Bill Archer.
Mr. Hoopes’s latest book, What Pope Francis Really Said: Words of Comfort and...
Almigdad Mojalli. January 17, 2016. NFL Playoffs.
Zahir al-Shurqat. April 12, 2016. Dancing with the Stars.
Khaled Eissa. June 25, 2016. “Famous” by Kanye West.
The names above belong to journalists who were reporting in Yemen, Turkey and Syria, respectively. The dates are those of their deaths. The phrases following each date are what Americans were talking about online the day these reporters were killed.
As a Catholic priest, you can generally count on people to be curious about two things in your life: celibacy and confessions. Have a Q&A with high school students, and if you don’t get a question about chastity within the first five minutes, you know it’s because their teacher told them it wasn’t allowed.
When it comes to questions about confession, things get a little more complicated. The sacrament only works if people can trust that what they say in the confessional will stay...
Tonight political aficionados of every stripe will turn their attention to the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City where the 71st Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner will take place.
In the midst of all the excitement surrounding the dinner and the speakers, there will be...
Alexander Hamilton is in vogue, with a bestselling biography and an ongoing Broadway hit musical.
As an economist, I cannot help but think about how Hamilton would react to the political campaign of 2016. After all, Hamilton was a New Yorker, a lawyer like Hillary Clinton and a business investor like Donald Trump. Like Trump, he never held elective public office.
He played a key role in George Washington’s general staff in the Revolutionary War, eventually taking command of...
Americans, and white evangelical Christians in particular, have often distinguished themselves from their cynical Old World cousins by maintaining a high bar for the personal moral behavior of their elected officials.
They also tended to link such rectitude to the ability to carry out their public duties effectively.
But whether it is the ugly language and behavior often displayed by Republican candidate Donald Trump, or some other factor, U.S. voters—especially those same...
As Patrick Gilger, S.J., says in his article “ Re-enchanting the World ,” it is hard to find belonging in an age where we lack a sense of common meaning. As a result, Father Gilger explains, protest movements can become a major source of commonality. But, he argues, bonds based on resistance and refusal are fragile if they lack a positive orientation.
Yet, while belonging is tenuous in some ways,...