The church in the United States observes Religious Freedom Week from June 22-29.
Because of the vision we have of politics, we think that our experiences will be negative and draining. These misunderstandings often keep Catholics from making a difference in our communities.
In the coming weeks, the U.S. Supreme Court may loosen federal restrictions on sports gambling. As a result, many states have proactively drafted bills that would create regulated sports gambling industries at the state level — Minnesota included.
The church reminds us pornography is not simply a private matter that impacts only the viewer. Pornography harms others, too.
Fake news that distorts public discourse and manipulates the public will not be countered effectively by a renewed interest in journalistic ethics or more laws aimed at improving disclosure of the sources of online content. It is a cultural problem.
As Catholics, we lose a lot of battles in the public arena. Sometimes giving up and opting out appears to be the best option, but it is not.
St. Francis’ words remind us that, like him, we must enter into the public arena to be of service to our public servants.
Combating racial disparities will require overcoming policies championed by both the political right and left that entrench established ideological and economic power structures. In other words, it requires the wisdom of Catholic social teaching.
Our participation in the public square allows us to influence law and policymaking to uphold and pursue the good of every human person which in turn invites us to have opportunities to love our neighbor through the political arena.