Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

6/19/2014 (1 month ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Catholic Online interviews Tony Magliano.

Catholic Online has recently begun running Tony Magliano's syndicated column, Making a Difference. Several publications around the world carry Making a Difference and Catholic Online is proud to offer this important perspective on social justice to our readers.

Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist.

Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist.

Highlights

By Marshall Connolly, Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

6/19/2014 (1 month ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Catholic Online, Tony Magliano, interview


We recently asked Tony a few questions by email, to gain insights into his perspective. The first portion of his interview is published below. Remember to come back to Catholic Online to read Tony's column as it is published every two weeks. You can also read past entries by searching for him by name on here.

You can read Tony Magliano's latest column by clicking here.

1. Marshall Connolly at Catholic Online: Tell us a little about your background.

Tony Magliano:
I am a cradle Catholic with a growing faith in our Lord Jesus who is the center of my life! I have been married for 32 years and have two sons. I have worked as a stock clerk, bus boy, grass cutter, dish washer, salesman, truck driver and Baltimore City Fire Fighter.
 
After a serious discernment process, with the help of a Jesuit priest, I felt called by the Holy Spirit to work in ministry within the Catholic Church. So, I resigned from the Baltimore City Fire Department to complete a theology degree at Loyola University in Maryland. I like to say that I stopped putting out fires, and started lighting them!
 
Since then, I have worked for more than 25 years, in five (arch)dioceses ministering as a parish director of religious education, Catholic Charities assistant director for emergency food services, Catholic Charities special assistant for public policy, high school religion department chairman, and for the past 15 years I have been serving as a pastoral associate at the Shrine of the Little Flower Catholic Church in Baltimore.
 
Also, for the last 13 years I have been writing a biweekly syndicated social justice and peace column for the Catholic press. For 11 of those years I wrote for Catholic News Services, and for the last two years I have been self-syndicating my column which is now published in various U.S. and Canadian print/online diocesan newspapers, as well as in several national and international publications. And recently I have been given the privilege of having my columns posted at Catholic Online.       
 
Instead of viewing the life and death issues facing the world from a conservative or liberal perspective, I try to encourage readers to look at these crucial issues through the lens of the Gospel and Catholic social teaching.
 
Light a candle for justice and peace and pray with our community.
 
2. Marshall Connolly: What got you started on Catholic social teaching?

Tony Magliano:
The Holy Spirit working through my grandmother, parents, and the sisters and priests of Our Lady of Pompeii elementary school, instilled in me a basic concern for the vulnerable and poor.
 
Later on I started attending many of the annual "March for Life" gatherings in Washington, D.C. Which as you know, is a powerful witness to the life and dignity of the unborn.
 
Then during my college days, one summer I lived and worked at a Jesuit administered leprosy hospital in Bihar, India. There at the hospital, I met some of the poorest people on earth. In spite of their sickness and poverty, they had a faith and joy which inspired me very much, as did the faith and compassionate service of the Indian Samaritan medical nuns.
 
Later, I worked at a parish in the Appalachian Mountains where I saw American poverty up front - people living without indoor plumbing, in shacks with dirt floors. It was much like the way countless people in the economically developing world are forced to live because of economic injustice - what St. John Paul the Great called the "structures of sin."
 
Also, being trained as a soldier in the U.S. Army to kill people, weighed heavily on my conscience. This led me to conclude - as the early church concluded - that all war is evil and is not compatible with the nonviolent Jesus. I realized that from a Gospel perspective, there is no such thing as a "just war." After successfully witnessing to my convictions, I was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army as a conscientious objector.
 
Then in the 1980's came along the U.S. bishops' pastoral letters on war, peace and the economy which helped deepen my commitment to the poor and peacemaking. I then went on to read and study the Catholic social teaching papal encyclicals of the popes from Saint John XXIII to Pope Francis. These powerful encyclicals have further taught and inspired me to share the insight that the Catholic Church is called by Christ to be a church of the vulnerable and poor - a deep longing of Pope Francis.
 
3. Marshall Connolly: It seems to me we have many Catholics who place political values over Catholic values, despite their profession of faith. Do you have an opinion about this?

Tony Magliano: Yes Marshall, I'm afraid that's true. Many Catholics sound like they are more concerned about being "politically correct" than being morally correct.
 
I have seen and heard over and over again Catholics condemning one political party - not theirs of course - about how it is handling various issues like the economy. Even though modern popes, including Pope Francis, have condemned unbridled capitalism and the so called "free market," many Catholics continue to advocate the tenets of "free market" capitalism which is often a brutal economic system that fattens the rich and starves the poor.
 
Another example of how many Catholics put political values above Catholic values is how strongly they advocate for maintaining a very powerful military, which then is often used to force other nations into submission. The U.S. led wars in Iraq are prime examples. While Saddam Hussein was a dictator, and I don't say that lightly, nonetheless, the U.S. led wars in Iraq - especially the second Iraq war - overall caused far more harm than any good that may have resulted. Iraq's infrastructure - roads, electrical grid, hospitals and schools - were seriously damaged, and have yet to recover to pre-war days. Hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi children, women and men were killed in the second Iraq war. And also it's important to note that under the dictator Saddam, at least Chaldean Catholics and other Christians could worship freely and did not have to fear Islamic extremists. Now the much smaller Christian communities cannot worship freely, and live in fear for their lives. 
 
The God of peace (1 Thessalonians 5:9) calls us to be above all else committed to Christ. Without this total Christ-centered commitment, Catholics and other Christians are in danger of making their nation an idol.

Catholic Online  will bring you the rest of Tony's interview in two weeks when we publish his next column. For now, read his latest thoughts here.

Tony Magliano is an internationally syndicated social justice and peace columnist. He is available to speak at diocesan or parish gatherings about Catholic social teaching. His keynote address, "Advancing the Kingdom of God in the 21st Century," has been well received by diocesan gatherings from Salt Lake City to Baltimore. Tony can be reached at: tmag@zoominternet.net

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for July 2014
Sports:
That sports may always be occasions of human fraternity and growth.
Lay Missionaries: That the Holy Spirit may support the work of the laity who proclaim the Gospel in the poorest countries.



Comments


More Living Faith

POPE: 'A man who is alone ends up bitter, not fruitful, and he gossips about others' Watch

Image of The pope told the priests that

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"A man who is alone ends up bitter, not fruitful, and he gossips about others." Those are the words of the Pope, speaking out during a meeting with 123 priests working in the Diocese of Caserta along with 19 bishops from Italy's Campania region this past ... continue reading


UPROOTED: Largest displacement of worldwide religious communities reached last year Watch

Image of In the nation of Central African Republic, widespread lawlessness and violence between Christians and Muslims resulted in at least 700 deaths in Bangui in December -- alone.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The year of 2013 turned out to be a very grim year indeed for religious tolerance and diversity. Millions of Christians, Muslims, Hindus, and others representing a range of faiths were forced from their homes on account of their religious beliefs. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


Papal visit to US not confirmed, but archbishop confident

Image of Pope Francis coming to Philly next September!

By Catholic News Agency (News Consortium)

Lets all Pray that Pope Francis comes to visit us here in the United States of America. Philadelphia, PA  (CNA/EWTN) - Reports that Pope Francis will travel to the U.S. for the World Meeting of Families in 2015 remain unconfirmed by the Vatican; however, ... continue reading


Catholic should be a way of life, not just a Sunday thing

Image of Catholic means universal. It's time to apply that to how we live.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

To know the way forward, we must look to the past. As the very first chapter Ecclesiastes tells us, "there is no new thing under the sun," meaning that everything we think of as new is actually old and whatever we can imagine has been imagined, and even tried by those ... continue reading


Let the Holy Spirit Teach us How to Become Prayer Watch

Image of St. Paul wrote to the early Christians in Greece, telling them to pray without ceasing. (1 Th. 5:16-19) They did not live lives of ease, in any sense of the word. They had families, occupations, bills, and yes, difficulties and struggles beyond what many of us could imagine. They also suffered greatly for their faith. Yet, he instructed them to Pray without ceasing. Did he really mean it? I believe that he did.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

When the Spirit dwells in a person, from the moment in which that person has become prayer, he never leaves him. For the Spirit himself never ceases to pray in him. Whether the person is asleep or awake, prayer never from then on departs from his soul. Whether he ... continue reading


Pope Francis meets, blesses Sudanese woman condemned to death for faith Watch

Image of Meriam Ibrahim was sentenced to death for apostasy, but has since escaped her sentence and left Sudan.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis has met and blessed the Sudanese woman who was recently condemned to death for her faith. Meriam Ibrahim was condemned to death in Sudan for the crime of apostasy. VATICAN CITY (Catholic Online) - Pope Francis has met and blessed Meriam Ibrahim at the ... continue reading


MIRACLE IN ENGLAND: God's face smiles over Norfolk, or is it Sean Connery or Karl Marx? Watch

Image of This image is suspected to show the face of God in clouds over Norfolk, however, it may also be the face of Karl Marx or Sean Connery.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

The English have long thought themselves special, and a new photograph from Norfolk in England may just prove that God does indeed smile on the English. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Amateur photographer Jeremy Fletcher took an image that shows a face in ... continue reading


Pope Francis to visit Mafia stronghold this weekend Watch

Image of Pope Francis' stance against organized crime is seen as remarkable; the Mafia and the Catholic Church have previously been seen by many as having

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Incensed about the loss of innocent life in his immediate surroundings, Pope Francis plans to travel to the Mafia stronghold of Caserta, near Naples this weekend in an effort to set things right. The murder of three-year-old Nicola "Coco" Campolongo, a boy who ... continue reading


Pope expresses regret with exodus of Christians from Mosul Watch

Image of

By Elise Harris (CNA/EWTN News)

In his weekly Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis mourned the fleeing of the last Christians from the Iraqi city of Mosul, who were told by ISIS forces last week to either convert, pay the Jizya tax or leave. (CNA/EWTN News) - "They are persecuted; our brothers are ... continue reading


Your Catholic Voice Foundation delivers for Sisters of St. Joseph

Image of They're on their way, thanks to you.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

An order for 350 Bibles for a Catholic school in Grenada has been shipped to the sisters free of international shipping charges, thanks to you, the readers of Catholic Online. The shipping charges stood at approximately $800, and was covered by donations. Now, Your ... continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Gospel, John 11:19-27
19 and many Jews had come to Martha and Mary to ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for July 29th, 2014 Image

St. Martha
July 29: "Jesus loved Martha and Mary and Lazarus." This unique ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter