Civility in public discourse seems to be dead. When is the last time two candidates had a serious debate, a genuine exchange of ideas rather than accusations and zingers? Candidates seem to no longer champion ideas but rather simply represent ideologies. This is also a major challenge of the New Evangelization.
The culture doesnâ€™t just have to change by revolutions. Lots of Catholic conservatives are up in arms these days. If it isn’t over Bishop Blaire expressing concerns about Paul Ryan’s budget proposal, it’s probably over Cardinal Dolan inviting President Obama to the Alfred E. Smith Dinner. “How dare they?!” we cry. When things don’t seem … [Read more…]
Christians need to facilitate dialogue without arguingÂ politics and religion. Congratulations to last weekâ€™s giveaway winner Sally Pap! Enter to win a your own copy of Indivisible! Simply leave a comment here. Next Wednesday, July 25, we will randomly select this weekâ€™s winner. Giveaway sponsored by The Maximus Group. You also can buy Indivisible from Ignatius … [Read more…]
How should Catholics respond when other Catholics publicly misrepresent the Church? That’s really the fundamental question. It has been before American Catholics ever since September 12, 1960 when John F. Kennedy, in a televised speech in Houston, essentially disavowed the influence of the Catholic faith on his political choices. With regard to politicians, U.S. bishops … [Read more…]