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This Insights eNewsletter was sent to subscribers on August 7, 2012.

eNewsletter Subject: Catholic Political Principles

The Bishops of Kansas have started a series of reflections leading up to the American presidential election. These provide guidance for the application of Catholic principles to society and politics. Issued so far are:

I think we can look for more aggressive efforts by many bishops this year to make fundamental principles clear, but one continues to wonder about the USCCB as a whole. Phil Lawler raises again a key question that he's raised before: What do bishops want?

Finally, while we are on the subject of American politics, I have observed again during the Olympics the continuing tendency since 9/11 for athletes to honor our troops. Whatever the wisdom of American military involvement in various places, there is a Catholic website concerned about helping us provide for the spiritual needs of our soldiers: Mission Capodanno.

Popular saints both old and new are coming up this week. The thirteenth century preacher and founder, St. Dominic, has his feast tomorrow, and the 20th century Jewish convert, philosopher and martyr, Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), is celebrated on Thursday....

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