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 Life in the Public Square

Stephen P. White

Randy Boyagoda’s biography of Richard John Neuhaus is an authentic and compelling portrait of a man who had as much influence as any in the 20th century on the place of religion in American public life.

Articles

MercatorNet / May 13, 2015

Our Only Option

Stephen P. White

The Catholic Church’s defense of freedom has always been a two-front war: the defense of freedom against totalitarianism was largely successful, but the defense of freedom against liberalism and relativism still hangs in the balance.

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Ethika Politika / March 18, 2014

The Francis Revolution

Stephen P. White

Pope Francis is willing to risk raising an occasional ruckus if it means that the heart of the Church’s message gets heard.

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New York Daily News / January 19, 2014

The Bishops and Obamacare

Stephen P. White

Opposition to Obamacare was, and remains, opposition to a bad law, not to the benevolent motives of the law’s supporters.

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CatholicVote / December 4, 2013

The Pope’s Priorities: An Opportunity for Evangelical Clarity

Stephen P. White

Those who would defend the church’s moral teachings—on “those issues” and all the rest—would do well to proclaim, first and above all else, the love of God in the person of Jesus Christ.

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America Magazine / September 26, 2013

The Unbelievably Small War

Stephen P. White

It would be terrible to put our troops in harm’s way with no clear objective; it would be far worse to ask them to kill in an unjustified war.

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National Review Online / September 9, 2013

3 Ways Pope Francis Will Emulate His Namesake

Stephen P. White

St. Francis of Assisi was uncompromising in his love for the poor. He was equally uncompromising in his fidelity to the Church in all her teachings. Expect the same from Pope Francis.

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The Huffington Post / March 19, 2013

Pope Francis: Protect Creation, It Points to God!

Stephen P. White

The Church’s concern for the environment extends beyond the usual “green” issues to our own human nature. When we misunderstand creation, we misunderstand both God (who is Creator) and man (who is part of creation).

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CatholicVote.org / March 20, 2013

‘Preach the Gospel Always. If Necessary, Use Words.’

Stephen P. White

A commitment to doctrinal orthodoxy and a commitment to social justice and serving the true needs of the poor are often mistaken for contradictory goals. In truth, each is the necessary condition of the other, and Pope Francis is a man who embodies both.

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National Review Online / March 14, 2013

Pope Benedict’s Legacy of Humility

Stephen P. White

Pope Benedict’s last act — his resignation — may turn out to be his greatest long-term legacy. As the demands of apostolic life increase, we may see more and more popes following Benedict’s example, and, when old age robs them of their strength, humbly stepping aside for the sake of the Church’s fundamental mission: spreading the Gospel.

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The Washington Times / February 14, 2013

What Popes Are For

Stephen P. White

The pope is not a figurehead; he is an apostle. He is not a manager; he is a messenger. By announcing his resignation yesterday, Pope Benedict XVI has signaled that the Church of the 21st-century will not be a Church of business as usual.

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The Huffington Post / February 12, 2013

This Pope’s Legacy

Stephen P. White

Pope Benedict’s news — that he will step aside as pontiff — is still being processed by a shocked world as prayers commence for the future shepherd of the world’s Catholics.

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National Review Online / February 12, 2013