Debate was appalling; Will Barrett hearings be worse?

Did you find that debate as painful to watch as I did? President Trump was beyond rude with his constant interruptions. While his target was Joe Biden, he deprived all of us of the opportunity to hear a clear, decisive exchange on the two candidates’ very different records, philosophies, and policy ideas. In my view,Continue reading “Debate was appalling; Will Barrett hearings be worse?”

A “single issue”?

I have tried to avoid using this site for direct political advocacy. I knew that would be difficult during a presidential campaign in these hyper-partisan times, and some commenters have expressed frustration that I have not been more pointedly political. Of course, I know politics and government are central to most of the critical issuesContinue reading “A “single issue”?”

Reagan modeled civil discourse we need now

My wife Eileen and I are hunkered down this week under Cuomo’s quarantine, following our trip to California last week to visit the Reagan Ranch. The visit was arranged by our daughter Clare, who works for Young America’s Foundation (YAF)—and we are so grateful to that organization and its president Ron Robinson, for preserving thisContinue reading “Reagan modeled civil discourse we need now”

Convention prayers

Should Catholic clerics accept invitations to lead prayers at political conventions?  This question resurfaces every presidential election year, and 2020 is no exception. Writing a guest column for CNN, former Augustinian priest Brian Frawley scolded Cardinal Timothy Dolan for offering an invocation at this year’s Republican National Convention. Frawley apparently had no objection to JesuitContinue reading “Convention prayers”

Opposing “hate speech” or just hating speech?

“Liberty is meaningless where the right to utter one’s thoughts and opinions has ceased to exist.” That quote from Frederick Douglass, the escaped slave who became one of America’s most powerful voices for freedom, highlights an important statement issued August 11 by a distinguished group of academic scholars, faith leaders, and commentators. The Philadelphia Statement—soContinue reading “Opposing “hate speech” or just hating speech?”

Amid polarized discourse, we need Catholic voices of reason

To characterize today’s public discourse as lacking in civility is, to say the least, a monumental understatement. While discussions involving politics, culture, religion have always been contentious, today such discussion has degenerated to a frightening level of anger, hatred, and intolerance. Those who hold differing opinions are not just to be disagreed with; they areContinue reading “Amid polarized discourse, we need Catholic voices of reason”