The History of Catholic Political Involvement

Starting with Christ's command to "Render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's" and continuing throughout the Church's history, we've struggled with how to be faithful Christians and engage in the political sphere.  In this presentation we will review the many ways the Church has interfaced with the secular political world, both its successes and failures.  This will include everything from early works such as Augustine's City of God up through modern day documents such as the USCCB's 'Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship'.  This is the 1st of two linked presentations.  The 2nd is titled 'Catholic Political Involvement in the 21st century'.  Please consider attending both.


Ken Crawford

Ken Crawford is a convert to the Catholic faith from Atheism 18 years ago.  He is currently a Deacon candidate, hoping to be ordained in June of 2018.  His family has a long history of political involvement, including his mother, who have held elected office in the 80's and 90's.  He believes that a Catholic can in good conscience be politically involved and still take Catholic teaching seriously.