Human Freedom; Final part of four: Maturity in charity

In this fourth part of our series, we shall now consider the third stage of education for freedom, which is known as maturity in charity.

Faith starts with facts, spreads through ‘still, small voice’

There comes a time in the life of every parent of a teenager or college student that you have The Discussion. High school and college-age kids — even the nicest of them — will at eventually come smack up against a parent’s prohibitions.

Why we are suing the government

Responding to editors' requests for a regular sampling of current commentary from around the Catholic press, here is an editorial titled "Why we are...

Let freedom of religion ring (Part I)

People sometimes ask why the U.S. Catholic bishops are making such a fuss about religious freedom these days. After all, some say, churches are...

Informed readers, informed consciences

We at The Catholic Sun receive a great deal of feedback from you, our faithful readers. During election seasons, the comments tend to split between two different camps: Some think that we are too conservative, while others are convinced that we are too liberal. So perhaps we are right where we are supposed to be.

The cause of the war on women

My last column allowed there was a war on women, but not being waged by the Catholic Church as alleged. No, the war was...

The Church and the end of the welfare state

Throughout the post-Vatican II years, the U.S. bishops’ conference has typically defended the welfare state and not infrequently urged its expansion. Everyone familiar with...

Debate fails to persuade dissenters; conversion of heart needed

Nestled in the mountains not far from Naples, Italy, there’s a rustic little village known as Pietrelcina. Visitors from all over the world descend...

The reasons for ‘partisanship’

Complaints that Washington-is-broken, which seem to have new intensity in recent years, often go hand-in-hand with laments about “partisanship” in politics. And, to be sure, there are reasons to be concerned about the functionality of our political system and its ability to address and solve some very serious problems. The present, sad condition of much of Europe, where a breakdown of (Christian) democratic culture seems to be leading inexorably to a breakdown of democratic politics and the substitution of government by technocratic elites (currently being previewed in Italy), is a cautionary tale for Americans.

Charles W. Colson, R.I.P.

Back in the days when Chuck Colson was willing to run over his grandmother for Richard Nixon, I would have happily done the same...