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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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

Language Barriers

Stephen P. White

If liturgy was once the universal common denominator for Catholics the world over, it no longer is. A concerted effort to strengthen a shared ecclesial life – and especially shared liturgical life – across linguistic barriers ought to be a pastoral priority.

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The Catholic Thing / June 17, 2021

What Unites Us Divides Us

Stephen P. White

Any attempt to promote understanding or renew devotion to the Eucharist will be hampered so long as bishops imagine that ecclesial communion is damaged less by grave sin than it is by bishops who proclaim truths the world doesn’t want to hear.

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The Catholic Thing / June 3, 2021

Signs and Wonders

Stephen P. White

The geopolitical context surrounding the 1981 attempt on John Paul II’s life is just one layer of the story. Another layer of the story, more familiar to pious Catholics for obvious reasons, has to do with the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima.

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The Catholic Thing / May 13, 2021

Centesimus Annus Turns 30

Stephen P. White

Pope John Paul II’s 1991 encyclical Centesimus annus connects the theological and philosophical foundations of Catholic social teaching to the ideological challenges of our own century.

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The Catholic Thing / April 29, 2021

Go, and Die for Your People

Stephen P. White

A good shepherd does not abandon his sheep; he lays down his life for them. Bishops who are willing to give up everything – who are not afraid to go and die for their people – are the bishops the Church needs.

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The Catholic Thing / April 15, 2021

Not a Loaf, but Leaven

Stephen P. White

Catholics in the United States too often demonstrate a complacency of mind more characteristic of an establishment church than a distinctive minority.

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The Catholic Thing / April 1, 2021