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Matthew A. Shadle is Associate Professor of Theology and Religious Studies at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. He is the author of The Origins of War: A Catholic Perspective (Georgetown, 2011) and has published articles in Political Theology, the Journal of Catholic Social Thought, Horizons, and the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics. He is the section editor of Catholic Social Ethics at Political Theology Today.
  • David True

    Thanks for the post, Matt. You conclude, “In response to our candidates’ lack of focus on the poor, Catholics should work to create a bipartisan consensus in favor of the poor.” Would you say more about this effort, perhaps in another post? Especially given your next statement: “A majority of Americans believe that the government should provide a social safety net (although the number is declining), so we should work to ensure adequate funding for programs that assist the poor.”

    • Matthew A. Shadle

      I will see what I can do. I am supposed to be writing something on Vatican II over at catholicmoraltheology.com this week, but I will get to it next week.

      I was actually surprised by how slim the majority was in favor of a safety net, so probably pretty high up there on the bipartisan consensus should be convincing people how vital a safety net is!

      • David True

        Sounds good! Thanks!