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Politics and Culture

First appeared on 09/28/2012. Insights is also available to members via email delivery.

Political questions are often very difficult to sort out, and all sorts of prejudices affect our analysis. This was certainly true in the aftermath of the murder of American diplomats in Benghazi. Phil Lawler tries to set the record straight in The truth about Benghazi, and Obama's dangerous attitude toward Islam.

For this and other reasons, voting is an important moral responsibility. I try to outline how Catholics must exercise this responsibility in my latest In Depth Analysis: The Dangers of Voting Your Heart: An Intrinsically Moral Guide.

I'm also happy to report that Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, made the same point in his recent teaching that repudiation of intrinsic moral evils must be the voter’s first priority: Bishop Paprocki: voting for candidate who supports intrinsic evils jeopardizes one’s salvation.

At the same time, Catholics must realize that in democratic societies, the fundamental moral problems of politics are always widespread spiritual and cultural problems before they are political. Thus they require spiritual and cultural solutions. So I raise another key question this week: How Much Does Politics Matter?... [more content for subscribers]

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