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Christopher Hale is executive director of Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good.
April 23rd, 2015
As presidential contenders throw their hats into the ring, we take a closer look at their convictions

Marco Rubio: “American” faith
Of all the potential candidates for the American presidency in 2016, Marco Rubio comes with the most complex faith background. Born Catholic, raised both Mormon and Catholic and today regularly involved with an evangelical church, Rubio’s faith is distinctly American — that is to say complex and, at times, confusing.
Despite the confusion, Rubio today strongly identifies as Roman Catholic. While he goes to an evangelical service with his wife on Saturday, he attends Catholic Mass on Sunday. His children have also been baptized in the Catholic Church.
Rubio also claims to have a strong devotion to the Eucharist:
[While attending evangelical churches],…

April 23rd, 2015
As presidential contenders throw their hats into the ring, we take a closer look at their convictions

The Faith of Hillary Rodham Clinton
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is seeking to become the first woman elected President of the United States in 2016. But less known is that she would be the fourth Methodist elected to the nation’s highest office.
As Clinton herself admits, she’s never been a vocal promoter of her faith. But according to her senior advisor Burns Strider, her faith is “unshakable.” Religion News Service notes Clinton was shaped as a child by the popular Methodist saying: “Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”
The times Clinton does speak about…

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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