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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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

Ronald Reagan, Barack Obama, and the Future of Conservatism

Stephen P. White

Citizens, not governments, are the true guarantors of freedom. And citizens who forget their obligations to the good of all only invite the loss of their own.

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CatholicVote.org / January 29, 2013

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