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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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

What Covers a Multitude of Sins?

Stephen P. White

As welcome as the clarity of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s statement on same-sex unions may be, that clarity does not absolve any of us from the work of loving our enemies, let alone our brothers and sisters in Christ.

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The Catholic Thing / March 18, 2021

The Gardening Animal

Stephen P. White

The garden is more than an allegory for harmony with our Creator and his creation. Gardening is, or can be, a moral enterprise.

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The Catholic Thing / March 4, 2021

The Catholic Project, Two Years On

Stephen P. White

The abuse crisis is, in some important ways, a unique challenge for the Catholic Church. In some ways, though, its remedy is the same as the remedy for all the challenges the Church faces: strive for holiness, cling to the Church, preach the Good News in word and deed.

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The Catholic Thing / February 18, 2021

Mercy, But About What?

Stephen P. White

One could say that Jesus’ interactions with the Pharisees were a form of true accompaniment. They are a model for “dialogue” with a certain kind of interlocutor: for how a Good Shepherd accompanies the powerful, the obstinate, and the self-righteous.

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The Catholic Thing / February 7, 2021

Our Catholic President

Stephen P. White

For better or worse, Joe Biden’s words and actions as president will shape how the Catholic faith is perceived and understood.

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The Catholic Thing / January 21, 2021

A Catholic Moment

Stephen P. White

If Protestantism no longer provides the ballast for this republic, and if Catholicism is not – at least, not presently – up to the task, then one of two options remains. Either our politics will continue to careen towards disaster or something else will, if it has not already, fill the void.

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The Catholic Thing / January 7, 2021