Author: Adam Rasmussen

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Joe Biden quotes St. Augustine: context

In his inaugural address today, President Joe Biden surprised me by quoting St. Augustine. (I expected him to quote Scripture, which he also did.) Notably, he called him “a saint in my Church,” referring to the Catholic Church. That reference...

Joe Biden quotes St. Augustine: context
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Pope Francis and Just War Tradition

Pope Francis, in his encyclical Fratelli Tutti, comments upon the use and misuse of the just war tradition within Catholicism (FT 256-62). His main point is that “in recent decades every single war has been ostensibly ‘justified’” by its apologists,...

Pope Francis and Just War Tradition

For Pope Francis, dialogue isn’t relativism

Pope Francis’s third encyclical, Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship, is a gift to the Church and to the human race. Building on previous social encyclicals, including his own Laudato Si’ (2015) and Benedict XVI’s Caritas in Veritate (2009),...

For Pope Francis, dialogue isn’t relativism

Catholic teaching on euthanasia and end-of-life care

The Catholic Church espouses a consistent ethic of life that requires the legal protection of all human life from conception to natural death. Thus Pope Francis wrote, in his 2018 Apostolic Exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (“Rejoice and Be Glad”): The...

Catholic teaching on euthanasia and end-of-life care

Breakfast of Scandals: Chaput adds to Barr fiasco

William Barr, a Catholic, has generated controversy since he began his tenure as Attorney General of the United States in February 2019. Among other things, on July 25, 2019, he ordered the Federal Bureau of Prisons to execute five federal...

Breakfast of Scandals: Chaput adds to Barr fiasco