Catholics are in a unique position to change the culture of partisanship and division that has plagued our political process. But to do so requires courage and an embracing of Catholic ideals and Social Teaching.
We must create a new environment in which such change can occur. To do this, Catholics first ought to engage in the public debate in a way that is civil and with a tone that calls everyone to the “better angels of our nature.” Saints Augustine and Thomas More both remind us that those we disagree with today may be in heaven with us tomorrow, and we ought to pray that this is so, and reflect this in our words.
Second, we must extend that charity in speech to actual acts of charity towards our neighbors, leading by example and extending a helping hand to all in need. Read more