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The priest raised eyebrows with a 2002 column titled Democrats in which he argued that America political culture had collapsed to the point that it would be wise for believers to cut their partisan political ties by registering as independent voters. He stressed that he thought Catholics in the Republican Party needed to bail out, as well.
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The Jesuit summed up his message with a quote that rings as true today as it did the final time that I talked with him.
The Jesuit didn allow the seventh graders to include celebrities and entertainers, which meant that actor Tom Cruise didn make the list. In the end, they ended up with 12 names.
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Since the goal was to explore the cultural ties that bind, the Rev. John Kavanaugh asked the young Catholics in a St. Louis classroom a basic civics question: How many national and world leaders could they name?
In addition to his work as a professor and spiritual director for seminarians, Kavanaugh was known for his columns in America magazine, film criticism in The St. Louis Review and numerous books. Christ in a Consumer Society was reissued twice in new editions, to keep its cultural criticism up to date.
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Kavanaugh pleaded guilty to tilting at his share of conservative windmills, but anyone who was paying close attention knew that he was trying to prod the consciences of Catholics on the left as well as the right.
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