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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Wuerl Misread the Crisis; Pope Francis Need Not

Stephen P. White

Pope Francis clearly understands that there is a crisis of credibility in the American episcopate. It is less clear that he understands why.

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The Catholic Thing / January 17, 2019

Giving Due Process Its Due

Stephen P. White

Care for due process and the rule of law is as important within the Church as without. Without a clear, well-defined, and carefully executed canonical framework for handling abuse allegations, the Church is left with an ad hoc, almost haphazard, legal approach.

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The Catholic Thing / January 3, 2019

Piecemeal but Concrete Beginnings of Reform

Stephen P. White

The case of a Los Angeles bishop charged with sexual misconduct is a textbook example of the need for independent, lay involvement in the review of allegations against bishops.

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The Catholic Thing / December 20, 2018

Advent and Reform

Stephen P. White

Advent – especially this Advent, when reform is so much on our minds – is a good time to remember that everything we do depends on a God who thought shepherds round an infant lying swaddled in a Bethlehem manger would be just the thing.

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The Catholic Thing / December 6, 2018

We Need an Answer to Idolatrous Nationalism. But Don’t Look to Emmanuel Macron.

Stephen P. White

The way to head off the worst strains of nationalism is to pre-empt them with more humane appeals to legitimate concerns for national identity.

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Catholic Herald / November 22, 2018

Reckoning with the Baltimore Fiasco

Stephen P. White

If Rome thinks delaying action by American bishops or weakening conference leadership is in the best interests of American Catholics, then they are gravely mistaken. The last thing American Catholics need right now is to be treated as pawns in an ecclesiastical power struggle.

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The Catholic Thing / November 21, 2018

Miters and Millstones

Stephen P. White

There is one question that cuts to the heart of the outrage and anger felt by millions of Catholic faithful: What kind of father, what kind of man, responds to the abuse of his own children the way so many of our bishops have responded to the abuse of their own?

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The Catholic Thing / November 8, 2018

Much to Lose, Much to Gain

Stephen P. White

Maybe the humiliation and suffering the Catholic Church in the United States is undergoing will bear fruit in the long run. But it’s hard to see how good comes from the current crisis unless there is a renewed sense in the Church that what is at stake is the salvation of souls.

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The Catholic Thing / October 25, 2018

For Their Sake and for Ours…

Stephen P. White

Pope Francis has made it clear that he doesn’t want the abuse crisis to crowd out a discussion at the synod of the pastoral needs of young people. That’s understandable, but the topic of abuse is also unavoidable.

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The Catholic Thing / October 11, 2018

Ask and You Shall Receive?

Stephen P. White

While Pope Francis’s condemnation of the sexual abuse of children has been unequivocal (one would expect no less), it’s still not entirely clear that he grasps just how dire is the crisis of confidence in the bishops themselves.

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The Catholic Thing / September 27, 2018

Poland is Beset by Russian Revanchism, Western Decadence, and Dangers from Within

Stephen P. White

The Polish situation is more complicated than easy analogies to Trumpism would suggest. Poland is striving, in a stumbling and halting way, to maintain its identity, an identity that is both European and inextricably Catholic.

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Washington Examiner / September 19, 2018

Some Action – Maybe – Starts Today

Stephen P. White

Whatever the fruits of today’s meeting between the USCCB delegation and Pope Francis, it’s essential to understand that the reforms the Church in the United States needs will come with and through the pope and his brother bishops – with and through Peter and his fellow apostles – or it will not come.

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The Catholic Thing / September 13, 2018