Talk on “Catholics in Political Life Today”

I am pleased to report that I will be speaking about “Catholics in Political Life Today ” with Ross Douthat and Melinda Henneberger on Wednesday June 2 at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The man to thank for organizing the talk is Dr. John Breen of Mirror of Justice fame.

I can hear grumbling already from Brian and Todd that all of us participants are a bunch of damned statists. But perhaps Ross, and more than a few IC readers in attendance, will leaven the discussion with a paleoconservative take.

P.S. I failed to mention that the Lumen Christi Institute , an organization of Catholic scholars at the University of Chicago, is co-hosting the event. For those of you who are tired of talking about Catholics and politics, check out the institute’s list of events this spring and winter. A symposium on Caritas in Veritate, a lecture on catechizing the appetite for knowledge, and the apocalypse in Origen and the Origenian tradition — it’s an intellectual feast, baby! 

Mark Stricherz

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Mark Stricherz is the author of Why the Democrats Are Blue: Secular Liberalism and the Decline of the People's Party.

  • Ender

    The argument that there is some kind of “separation of Church and State” issue involved with the participation of Catholics in politics is not one I can take seriously. For me the real question is the opposite: what difference should being Catholic make in most of our political choices?

    The number of truly moral issues is actually quite small. They present us with moral choices because they deal with intrinsically evil acts and one position can be properly called moral and the other immoral. For this category only (which includes abortion, euthanasia, homosexual marriage…) can it be said that there is a Catholic position; for all the rest (including immigration, health care, pollution…) there is no Catholic position as, while these may be serious and difficult problems, there is no moral aspect to any of them.

    This is why the concept of a “Catholic” political party makes no sense as there is no moral distinction to be made regardless of which side one takes on all but a handful of political issues.

  • Brian Saint-Paul

    I am pleased to report that I will be speaking about “Catholics in Political Life Today ” with Ross Douthat and Melinda Henneberger on Wednesday June 2 at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The man to thank for organizing the talk is Dr. John Breen of Mirror of Justice fame.

    That sounds fantastic. Will it be recorded? I’d love to see it, but I’m a long way from Chicago.

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