What is Political Discourse for the Catholic?

Posted by Rev. Christopher Justin Brophy, O.P. on Oct 15, 2020 7:09:00 AM

After pointing out some of the shortcomings of our contemporary political discourse in the first installment of this series, we now do well to consider how the Catholic might provide a corrective. 

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Topics: communication, Politics, election 2020

On Some Problems with Political Discourse

Posted by Rev. Christopher Justin Brophy, O.P. on Oct 8, 2020 7:01:00 AM

There are several angles by which a Catholic political theorist might consider the upcoming presidential election. I suppose that as a Dominican, a member of the Order of Preachers, it only makes sense to hone in on the issue of speech. The state of our political discourse certainly stands at the center of our collective discontent with respect to our political climate. In this three-part series leading up to the election, I’d like to (1) diagnose some of the problems with our political discourse, (2) explain what political discourse is for a Catholic, and (3) consider what a Christian might hope for from politics.

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Topics: communication, technology, Politics, social media, election 2020

Monday Motivation: Weekly Resources

Posted by The Editors on Aug 3, 2020 7:03:00 AM

Looking for new ideas or resources to engage your faith or your ministry? Here are our weekly curated links, including offerings in each of the following categories: Prayer for the Home, Educational Opportunities, Resources (for ministers, educators, parents, etc.), and Flourishing and Fun.

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Topics: communication, Immaculate Heart, Transfiguration, Called & Co-Responsible Conference, coronavirus, COVID-19 Resources, Monday Motivation Weekly Resources

Small Talk and Big Appetites for Truth in Communications

Posted by Bill Schmitt on Mar 3, 2020 7:00:00 AM

I spoke at a recent “Theology on Tap” event for my parish, reflecting on Pope Francis’ 2018 World Communications Day address, “The Truth Will Set You Free: Fake News and Journalism for Peace.

Pope Francis has called Catholics to find better ways to generate, consume, and spread the torrent of information found in mass media. This topic is evergreen, yielding endless opportunities for me to update such presentations, partly due to my deepening fears that respectful, inclusive, problem-solving conversations are disappearing in our polarized public square.

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Topics: communication, Politics, social media, truth, journalism, Super Tuesday

Evangelization through Social Media

Posted by Anna Bradley on Feb 18, 2020 2:39:07 PM

Social media (and its potential vices) has been widely discussed since its inception. The conversation has become particularly fractured in the Catholic community—whether or not Catholics ought to take an active role in shaping our online culture is taken up in countless articles, op-eds, and debates. With Lent just around the corner, many people are considering fasting from social media, but it’s worth considering the potential gifts it has to offer the Church as well.

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Topics: communication, evangelization, social media

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