Social Commentary

Student Prayer – Protected under the Constitution

Number of Views :1338A young lady graduating from UCLA taped her pre-commencement sentiments recently and was told by a Director of Student Affairs that her reference to Jesus Christ as her inspiration, Lord, and Savior was inappropriate for a public institution and would be deleted. I understand that this faculty member is a professor of…


The Cost of Doing Nothing…

Number of Views :1755The Citizen and his bride were driving to Boston the other day when we heard a commentator share a quote from Edmund Burke.  For those unfamiliar with the gentleman, he was an Irish political theorist, statesman, essayist, orator, and philosopher who lived in the 18th century. As a member of the House…


1984? Orwell was off by 25 years…

Number of Views :1356The Citizen picked up his battered copy of 1984 recently. No matter how many times you read some books, they always seem to beckon you to delve into their pages on occasion. Little did I know how germane this Orwell’s vision has become in the recent months.  The prophetic vision of Orwell…


The ‘Socialist Gospel’ – A Preemptive Strike

Number of Views :3868On the way to mass this morning, the Citizen’s bride shared today’s readings – a longstanding practice. She noted that there will be those who would use this to justify socialism – after all, didn’t the first reading proclaim that There was no needy person among them,  for those who owned property…


Catholic ‘Tough Love’ is NOT Hate…

Number of Views :3552The Citizen takes heat on a regular basis from those who call me ‘narrow-minded’, ‘ignorant’, ‘hateful’, ‘mean’… my favorite is ‘unChristian’.  Why? If you have read some of my posts or heard me speak, you know that I am critical of people – especially Catholics – who are not acting in a…


Archbishop Burke – An Exemplary Catholic Citizen

Number of Views :1136The Citizen has goals in life. As I grow older, the list grows longer. The latest goal is to have the opportunity to meet Archbishop Burke someday. To be candid, I knew little about him before this month, but his address at the National Catholic Day of Prayer was truly inspirational.