Tag: Catholic Church

Fr. Schall on “Laudato Si”


SchallEighty-seven years old, Rev. James Schall, S.J. is one of the most respected Catholic scholars in the nation. A philosopher, theologian, and political theorist, Fr. Schall, the author of dozens of books, served as a professor of government at Georgetown University for 35 years before retiring to a Jesuit home here in California in 2012. (If you’d like a thrilling intellectual experience, go to YouTube, then, in the search bar, type “Fr. Schall’s final lecture at Georgetown.”)

Fr. Schall has just published a long article on Laudato Si, the encyclical on the environment that Pope Francis published earlier this summer. Fr. Schall’s analysis is respectful, erudite, intellectually humble — and devastating.


Bold Moves the Church Should Make for Freedom


Long the counterweight to the state’s “public” functions — parochial schools, charity hospitals, etc — the American Catholic Church is uniquely positioned to advance the cause of liberty against Leviathan. Unfortunately, she has also become deeply entangled with the bureaucracy in ways that threaten freedom of conscience for all Americans, not just Catholics. There are three constructive ways the Church can resist the forces of tyranny: relinquish her tax-exempt status, remove her priests as agents of the state in marriage, and refuse tax dollars for her charitable organizations and activities.
Tax-Exempt Status
Patrick Madrid is a noted Catholic apologist, author, and host of Catholic Radio’s Right Here, Right Now program. On a recent show, he advocated that the Church forfeit her tax-exempt status in order to more freely exercise her right to free speech. And, yes, she has that right, just as corporations do. She is an incorporated body: the Body of Christ.

The Church has an essential voice on morality and the benefits of virtue that accrue to the public good and affect public policy. Fear of losing her her tax-exempt status muffles — and arguably mutes — her voice. Even an issue as central as abortion has, in my experience, never been preached from the pulpit and is rarely mentioned in sermons. In the 2008 election, my parish’s message the weekend before the election was on “social justice.” The weekend after the election, someone (although not the homilist) spoke on abortion.


AA vs. the Church: A Generational Observation


omalleysI live in a town called Seal Beach in the “Old Town” district where there are no fewer than four Irish bars on the same block of our very short Main Street. I noticed lately that I seem to be making friends in these establishments with the parents of old friends of mine. During the folly of our youth, we drank too much and caused too much trouble, and so did our parents I imagine. Those of us still alive had to have help lest things got irreversibly out of control.

The main reason I only see my friends’ parents in these pubs is because their kids, if still alive, became sober turning to Alcoholics Anonymous or similar organizations, and they have all rejected the Catholic Church. So, what I have in common with their parents is that I did not reject the Church. I still see their parents at mass. Their parents never got to the point where they had to refrain from alcohol 100% but I assume they are like me, in that the Church and its teachings have instilled some kind of temperance that keeps us from going to the point of no return. We are admonished against gluttony and debauchery and with the help of our faith and our confessors, we somehow manage to stay on the right track.


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Liberals, collaborating with the “new paganism”, are driving the Catholic Church towards a split, according to Bishop Athanasius Schneider, the liturgical specialist who is carrying on a rearguard fight against “abuses” in the Church. More

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