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Christopher Hale is executive director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.
October 1st, 2015

“Rebuild my house!” This was God’s command to the 13th-century Saint Francis of Assisi. And thanks to the modern day Francis, it’s exactly what John Boehner intends to do to the People’s House.
One day after the 65-year-old Catholic Speaker of the House successfully hosted Pope Francis for a joint address to Congress, Boehner took Francis’ message about serving the common good to heart and announced his resignation from the House of Representatives. While some will question the speaker’s motives, there’s no doubt in my mind that Boehner came to this decision because he had a big heart open to God, Pope Francis, and his own conscience.
Hosting the pope was the dream of John Boehner’s career,…

September 11th, 2015

Comedian Stephen Colbert had an emotional and moving conversation with Vice President and potential 2016 candidate Joseph Biden on “The Late Show” Thursday night. The nation’s two most prominent Catholics talked at length about how Biden’s faith helped him respond to the death of his son Beau in May.
“My religion is just an enormous sense of solace,” Biden said. “I go to Mass, and I’m able to be just alone, even in a crowd. I say the rosary, and I find it to be incredibly comforting.”
After Beau’s death, Jill Biden, the Vice President’s wife, posted a quote on Biden’s bathroom mirror from the Christian theologian Soren Kierkegaard: “Faith sees best in the dark.”
While Biden agreed…

July 24th, 2015
As presidential contenders throw their hats into the ring, we take a closer look at their convictions

Jim Gilmore: Southern Politician with Many Religious Opinions
This piece was co-written by Jocelyn Macurdy Keatts, an associate at Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good. She is studying psychology at The Catholic University of America and lives in Washington, D.C.
Born in Virginia to a Methodist family with a mom who served as secretary at his home church, Jim Gilmore is a devout member of his faith community. However, infamous for his remarks following President Obama’s statements at the National Prayer Breakfast that Christianity had been used to justify terrible events like the crusades, he is a reactionary sort of politician.
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June 30th, 2015

This article was originally published in TIME June 27. Christopher Hale is a regular Busted Halo contributor on issues related to faith and politics.…
Friday’s Supreme Court decision to legalize gay marriage across the country presents an interesting moment for Catholics in the U.S. The church opposes gay marriage, and this likely won’t change even under Pope Francis the Troublemaker. But we also must acknowledge that this moment is a great joy for many Catholics—gay and straight. In recent history, many upstanding and faithful Catholics have said that they have heard the voice of Jesus say to them that the love between two persons of the same-sex isn’t sinful, but holy, sanctified, and blessed.
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June 21st, 2015
As presidential contenders throw their hats into the ring, we take a closer look at their convictions

Now that former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley has thrown his hat into the ring, the Democrats finally have a Roman Catholic running for President of the United States.

May 21st, 2015

It’s May, which means that graduation ceremonies are happening across the United States. Behind lofty commencement addresses about the value of graduates pursuing their dreams and living life to the fullest is the grim reality that so many of those aspirations will be put on hold as graduates struggle to pay off increasingly unbearable amounts of student loan debt.
According to a recent study, about 70% of the Class of 2013 graduates left college with an average of just under $30,000 in debt. That amount is expected to rise even more this year.
The issue of student loan debt isn’t just an economic question, because as the Catholic Church recognizes, education isn’t just a consumer good, but a fundamental…

September 4th, 2014

Congress is back in session after their summer break, and we can expect national attention to turn once again toward comprehensive immigration reform. Particular focus will be on Speaker John Boehner and the House of Representatives to see if they can get a bill passed before the new year.
The Catholic Church has been unafraid to call political leaders to task on this critical issue. This clearly is a top-line priority for the Vatican. Pope Francis’s first pastoral trip outside of Rome was to the Italian island of Lampedusa in July 2013, where hundreds have died while trying to immigrate into the country. There Pope Francis lambasted the “globalization of indifference,” which characterizes a society…

March 20th, 2013

A week in and it’s clear: Pope Francis is a man of surprises.
It started minutes after his election to the See of Saint Peter. He appeared on the loggia in a simple white cassock to greet the hundreds of thousands of people gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Before blessing the faithful and the merely curious in the traditional formula, Francis asked the crowd to bless him first in silent prayer. And for 30 seconds, they and hundreds of millions of people watching throughout the world joined in silent prayer for the new Holy Father.
That moment evidenced that Francis is clearly just that: holy. His closeness with all of us during these days of great trial and possibility is so clear. His predecessor, Benedict the Meek,…

March 8th, 2013
A millennial perspective on this quiet man's papacy

As the world focuses in on Rome for the papal conclave, many are discussing what qualities are needed in the next Successor of Saint Peter. Our televisions are filled with pundits — some knowledgeable, others not — discussing the needs of the Church as we move into the future.
But it seems to me that there has been a voice missing in this conversation: that of the young.
This is unfortunate, because implicit in many of these discussions is the notion that Benedict’s papacy was somehow a failure.
I think many of us would disagree. And we should know, because perhaps more than anyone, our lives were affected by Joseph Ratzinger. We were too young to be part of the “JP II (John Paul II) generation.”…

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