Stephen P. White

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Stephen P. White is a fellow in the Catholic Studies Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Mr. White’s work focuses on the application of Catholic social teaching to a broad spectrum of contemporary political and cultural issues. He is the author of Red, White, Blue, and Catholic (Liguori Publications, 2016).

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Stephen P. White is a fellow in the Catholic Studies Program at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Mr. White’s work focuses on the application of Catholic social teaching to a broad spectrum of contemporary political and cultural issues. He is the author of Red, White, Blue, and Catholic (Liguori Publications, 2016).

Mr. White’s writing has been published in a wide variety of outlets and websites, including: The Weekly Standard, National Review Online, First Things, America Magazine, The Catholic Thing, Huffington Post, The Daily Caller, Magnificat, Vox, and The Catholic Herald (UK).

Since 2005, Mr. White has been coordinator of the Tertio Millennio Seminar on the Free Society, a three week seminar on Catholic social teaching with an emphasis on the thought of St. John Paul II which takes place every summer in Krakow, Poland.

Mr. White studied politics at the University of Dallas and philosophy at the Catholic University of America. He is a graduate of the St. Patrick’s Evangelisation School in London, England.

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A Beginning by the Bishops, Not the End

Stephen P. White

The deep divisions in the Church make it clear that the Church needs a big change. The document just passed by the U.S. bishops on the Eucharist isn’t it. But it might prove an important brick in beginning lasting renewal.

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The Catholic Thing / November 18, 2021

Listen to Archbishop Gomez: Social Justice Begins with Recognizing Our Common Humanity.

Stephen P. White

Archbishop José Gomez has a long track-record of speaking on racism and social injustice in a way that consistently challenges both the injustice of the status quo and the instrumentalization of the faith as a mere means to political ends.

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America Magazine / November 12, 2021

Who Benefits from the Status Quo?

Stephen P. White

For more than 40 years, President Biden (and others) have used the interminable “dialogue” in the Church as a pretense for using their Catholic faith as political cover for promoting abortion. The freshness of that dialogue turned rancid long ago.

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The Catholic Thing / November 4, 2021

Rome Remembers

Stephen P. White

Rome remembers her martyrs, and what an astonishing place to be allowed to join in that remembrance. I am filled with a pilgrim’s gratitude.

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The Catholic Thing / October 21, 2021

On Being Hopeful – And Happy – Warriors

Stephen P. White

As Christians, we always have hope. It is not a hope for worldly success, or even that we will live to see the ecclesial (and social and political and cultural) renewal we hope will come. It is the hope that comes from knowing that however grim the battle, the war has already been won. Let us be happy warriors.

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The Catholic Thing / October 7, 2021

Going for Broke

Stephen P. White

By almost any measure, America is the wealthiest nation in the world. Whether compared to other nations of the world today or in the past, ours stand out as perhaps the most affluent society in history. Are we better for it?

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The Catholic Thing / September 23, 2021

Speaking of the Synod

Stephen P. White

If the Church would keep the sheep in the fold, and call home those who have strayed, it would do well to speak in a recognizable voice.

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First Things / September 9, 2021

What Ever Happened to the “Lay Moment”?

Stephen P. White

The mission of the Church is not the responsibility of the diocesan pastoral center or some committee in the parish. It can’t be delegated or outsourced or professionalized. The mission belongs to all of us.

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The Catholic Thing / August 26, 2021

Good as New

Stephen P. White

Our destiny is not to return to the way things were once, before all was made subject to corruption. Rather, our redemption lies through corruption, through suffering, through even death, to what lies beyond.

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The Catholic Thing / August 12, 2021

What’s Done in Darkness Will Come to Light

Stephen P. White

Restoring episcopal credibility is going to require a level of accountability and transparency which may be painful, even humiliating, at times.

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The Catholic Thing / July 29, 2021

Synodality Is What You Make of It

Stephen P. White

Concerns about the pitfalls or potential abuses of synodality ought to be acknowledged, but it would be a terrible mistake to dismiss the promise of synodality out of hand.

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The Catholic Thing / July 15, 2021

Our Indefensible, Unsustainable Status Quo

Stephen P. White

The status quo will not be improved simply by denying Joe Biden (or anyone else) access to the Eucharist. But bishops weighing the pastoral costs of taking a clear stance on Eucharistic coherence ought to weigh those costs against the cost of perpetuating the manifest failures of the last several decades.

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The Catholic Thing / July 1, 2021