Oct 212016
U.S. Bishops Offer Guidance on 2016 Election

The U.S. Catholic Bishops have issued guidance for the reflection of Catholic citizens as the nation prepares for the 2016 election. The guidance – Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship – stresses the fundamental obligation of government to protect the sanctity and dignity of all human life: “At the center of these truths is respect for […]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 9:26 am Democracy, politics No Responses »
Oct 212016
Respecting the Democratic Process

Catholic teaching recognizes democracy as a form of government that respects individual liberties and differences of opinion and requires the peaceful transfer of power through elections. In discussing how political leaders should conduct themselves, the Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church declares: “They must show appreciation for the democratic system inasmuch as it ensures the participation […]

 October 21, 2016  Posted by at 9:24 am politics No Responses »
Jun 102016
Latest MCC Messenger Reflects on 2016 Election

The most recent Missouri Catholic Conference Messenger discusses the divisive nature of the 2016 election cycle. Drawing on Catholic social teaching, insights from James Madison, John Adams and Abraham Lincoln, the latest Messenger examines how democracy should operate if it is to be just and promote the common good. Read “Bridging the Political Gap” by […]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 1:26 pm Democracy, News, politics No Responses »
Jun 102016
Logical Fallacies 101: "No True Scotsman"

In political debate it is not uncommon to hear a phrase such as this: “no true Republican/Democrat would support such a proposition.” The problem with this fallacious argument is that it ignores the fact that a person can make a valid argument for an idea, even if that idea doesn’t fit one’s ideal of a particular party candidate or a […]

 June 10, 2016  Posted by at 1:18 pm Life Ethics, News, politics No Responses »