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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What Constitutes a Nation?

Stephen P. White

The virtues and vices of a people shape the laws as surely as the laws shape the character of a people. Those who would blame the Constitution for America's woes should not pretend that America could be what she is without it. For if America is on balance a good thing, then great deal of the credit must go to that remarkable law by which she is constituted.

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CatholicVote.org / January 8, 2013

The Strange Clericalism of Women’s Ordination

Stephen P. White

Catholics who see the ordination of women — something the Church insists it has no authority to do — as the necessary condition of equality within the Church take an unjustly privileged view of the priestly office.

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The Catholic Thing / December 6, 2012

Civil Society is Solidarity’s Natural Home

Stephen P. White

When it comes to solidarity, Paul Ryan and Pope Benedict XVI agree: Civil society is where it's at!

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CatholicVote / December 5, 2012

Five Reasons for Optimism

Stephen P. White

In Poland, they have a saying: A pessimist is someone who says, "Things can't possibly get any worse!" An optimist is someone who says, "Oh, yes they can!" Given our current circumstances, here are five reasons for optimism.

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The Catholic Thing / November 17, 2012

The Decline and Fall of Catholic Democrats?

Stephen P. White

Today's Democrats are malleable on those moral issues where the Church is firm and they are rigid where the Church is open to debate. This spells trouble for the once-close alliance between Catholic voters and the Democratic Party.

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National Review Online / September 11, 2012

Above My Pay Grade…Four Years later

Stephen P. White

It's been four years since then-Senator Obama's infamous "above my pay grade" remark in response to Pastor Rick Warren's question about human life. Everyone seems to remember Warren's question as "When does human life begin?" But that wasn't the question, and the answer (still) isn't above Obama's pay grade.

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National Review Online / August 17, 2012

Two Archbishops, Two Takes on Freedom

Stephen P. White

Two recent homilies, one by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia and one by Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, should remind us that, while political freedom — negative freedom, freedom from coercion — is not sufficient for human excellence, it is vitally important for true human freedom, which is always freedom for truth.

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CatholicVote.org / July 6, 2012

American Roman Catholic Nuns and The Vatican

Stephen P. White

EPPC Fellow Stephen White appeared recently on the Diane Rehm Show (WAMU/NPR) to discuss the ongoing controversy involving the Leadership Conference of Women Religious.

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Good Government, Bad Government, and the Demands of Catholic Citizenship

Stephen P. White

The surest road to despotism is for men and women to pass off their own responsibilities of citizenship to "someone else." That should be a warning both to those who expect government to solve our social ills and to those who forget the obligation of everyone to strive for solidarity and the common good in every aspect of their lives.

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CatholicVote.org / June 13, 2012

Bad Religion

Stephen P. White

Attempts to reform the Leadership Conference of Women Religious could prove doubly difficult given the nature of the rift between LCWR and the Vatican.

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The Catholic Thing / April 26, 2012

The Catholic Left, Desperate for a Win

Stephen P. White

It's hard to tell what irritates the Catholic Left more: Paul Ryan's proposals for conservative fiscal policies or the fact that he is making a compelling case for those proposals on moral grounds to which the Catholic Left believes it holds exclusive rights.

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National Review Online / April 26, 2012

A Most Vexing Problem

Stephen P. White

E.J. Dionne has resorted to angry recriminations against those who oppose President Obama's HHS mandate — a mandate he once opposed on the same grounds as do those he now attacks.

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The Catholic Thing / April 4, 2012