"Be angry, and yet do not sin"

A justification for action against those members of the clergy who are ‘bad shepherds’ as described by Ezekiel and St.…

Barack Obama – the Great Tinkerer

“They, you know, were mad at FDR when he started Social Security. They were mad at Lyndon Johnson when he started Medicare. And, you know, I think that the fact that this has become such a heated debate, is a sign that we’re really trying to change the system. That we’re not just tinkering around…

Checking the President

President Obama’s speech turned out to be fairly innocuous and the criticism of those who were skeptical of Obama’s motives is typically vitriolic. But those of us who distrust the president have good reason to do so. Perhaps no other administration since the days of the political machine has been so open about abusing government…

Pay no Attention to the Man behind the Curtain

Alexia Kelley, the Executive Director for Catholics in Alliance for the Common Good, has been appointed to the Obama administration. Her new job – Director of Health and Human Service’s Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. A conciliatory gesture by a president who has promised to reach out to all people? An earnest attempt to bring…

The ‘People’s Broadcasting Service’

The Citizen remembers Sesame Street. The Electric Company. Zoom. And – can anyone forget Mr. Roger’s neighborhood. Fred Rodgers, a minister, is likely weeping today. PBS – once the Public Broadcasting Service – has become something much different. It has become a network that might actually have tossed Fred Roger’s loafers on the curb. This…

Another Spin on ‘The Catholic Lever’

According to historical record, Archimedes once said ‘Give me a lever long enough, and I can move the world’. In a recent essay, the Citizen wrote about a Catholic lever in the voting booth. Before Mass, after prayer, it is my wont to sit back and let my mind roam free – God has a…

The ‘Catholic’ Lever

When the Citizen first gained the franchise – oh so many years ago, now – you could vote for individual candidates or simply pull the ‘party lever’. With one fell swoop, this selection would automatically register all of your votes for the candidates of the chosen party. The lever disappeared a number of years ago…and…

John 15 – A Message of Hope

It would be so easy to lay down the burdens that Christians face. To be honest, how many of us were truly, personally effected by the Obama commencement appearance at Notre Dame? In my letters to editors, essays, and discussions I was asked this question often – “Did you even go to Notre Dame?” No,…

Student Prayer – Protected under the Constitution

A 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 biology, but I…

The Cost of Doing Nothing…

The 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 of Commons, his…

1984? Orwell was off by 25 years…

The 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 struck me when…