Tag Archive | "Commentary by Fr. Ron Ketteler"

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The ‘Totalitarianism Temptation”?15 Aug

by Rev. Ronald M. Ketteler In “HHS and soft totalitarianism,” a recent Messenger column (February 2012) George Weigel of the Ethics and Public Policy Center criticized the so-called “contraceptive mandate” issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. In effect, that regulation would require Catholic institutions to provide health insurance coverage of “‘services’ that […]
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Religious Freedom – ‘the priority of civil society over state’13 Jun

by Rev. Ronald M. Ketteler:  June 15, 2012 Jesuit Father David Hollenbach contends that the writings of two towering figures in Catholic social thought in the 20th century United States revived the centrality of the distinction between civil society and the state. At mid-20th century the treatises of Jacques Maritain (1872-1973) and Jesuit Father John […]
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Pope Benedict XVI and ‘the moral structure of human rights’11 Jun

Chapter six in John L. Allen, Jr.’s The Rise of Benedict XVI is entitled “Battling a ‘Dictatorship of Relativism’.” That phrase – “dictatorship of relativism” – was voiced by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in his homily on April 18, 2005, the opening day of the Conclave following the death of Blessed John Paul II. Allen comments […]
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The Face of Christ Hidden in the Poor22 Dec

by Rev. Ronald M. Ketteler “When ‘the poor have the good news preached to them’ (Mt 11:5), it is the sign of Christ’s presence.” (Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church n. 183) The Pastoral Constitution on the Church in the Modern World (Gaudium et Spes, 1965) of the Second Vatican Council entered into […]
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Labor Rights in the New Millennium21 Dec

As Congress and the Administration struggle to come up with a compromise on unemployment benefits and payroll taxes, now is a good time to reflect on the what the failure to act means for the thousands of persons in this country out of work and facing hard futures. In a series of three articles, Fr. […]

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KY General Assembly Fails to Act on Scholarship Tax Credit Bills to Help Families
Unfortunately, the General Assembly failed to pass Scholarship Tax Credits as a standalone measure during the 2018 session.  They also failed to fulfill their commitment to include Scholarship Tax Credits in their tax reform proposal. In the end, this means thousands of low and middle income families will continue to be denied the opportunity to […]

Scholarship Tax Credits and Tax Reform
Most of you received emails or calls from legislators this session promising to include Scholarship Tax Credits in comprehensive tax reform.  I received similar commitments throughout the session.  Consequently, I was shocked to learn yesterday that the General Assembly passed a massive tax package that did not include Scholarship Tax Credits (or any other school […]

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