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John W. McCarthy

John McCarthy is an advocate for youth involvement in the political process. He is active in both the political and non-profit sectors advocating for youth engagement specifically in low-income communities. He is also a frequent commentator and speaker on issues affecting the Catholic Church. His posts represent his views, and not the views of any organization.

He currently serves as the CEO of Future Civic Leaders, a national 501c3 organization that provides civic engagement opportunities to high school students living in under-served communities.

Though Future Civic Leaders is non-partisan, they promote the active engagement in all levels of the political process. In this spirit, John was elected Chairman of the Keansburg Democratic Executive Committee at age 18—making him the youngest Democratic municipal chair in New Jersey.

In 2012, He was selected to serve as a Young National Co-Chair of Catholics for Obama.

He serves on the Board of Directors of the National Youth Association and the Bayshore Senior Health, Education and Recreation Center—a one of a kind day care facility catering to the needs of New Jersey’s Bayshore Region.

He currently studies Politics and Theology at The Catholic University of America, the official university of the Catholic Church in the United States.

He has been interviewed, quoted or profiled by Fox & Friends, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside HigherEd, NPR, and the Washington Post. He loves nothing more than the state of New Jersey and instagramming photos of his Shih-tzu Rocky.

Entries by John W. McCarthy

Where Would Jesus Shop?

(11) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 10:25 AM

Thanksgiving and Black Friday are kind of ironic. We spend a whole day sitting around, thanking God for everything we have, only to plow each other down in a parking lot at 3 a.m. to purchase everything we don't.

It's like a dream episode of Oprah: Everyone gets a...

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A Fortnight for the Rest of Us

(4) Comments | Posted September 24, 2012 | 4:24 PM

America loves a good fortnight. I mean, who doesn't love the star-spangled pageantry of religious freedom, fighting the man and prayers for miracles (of course, only in the Judeo-Christian sense of the word). In this American Spirit the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops launched their "Fortnight for Freedom." Ending...

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Republicans Use Religion as a Political Tool

(113) Comments | Posted September 7, 2012 | 4:05 PM

The Republican Right has taken a break from their busy schedule of cutting services to poor people to tackle another hard hitting issue: The Democratic Platform didn't originally mention God once. Listen, I know we are working on building-up an economy and restoring a social safety net but this is...

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Can Faithful America Vote for Paul Ryan?

(272) Comments | Posted August 15, 2012 | 12:05 PM

A bishop, a nun and an evangelical walk into a bar. No it's not the opening of a bad joke -- it's just another gathering of religious leaders who have come out against the barbaric budget practices of Congressman Paul Ryan. What I find most shocking is the fact that...

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Millennials Will Stay Home and It's Our Fault

(1) Comments | Posted August 9, 2012 | 5:51 PM

There has been an awful lot of conversation this election cycle about "the youth vote." Traditional wisdom suggests that young people will head to the polls for President Obama, others suggest widening margins for Governor Romney. All of these questions miss the real problem at hand: what if young people...

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When Democrats Listen to People of Faith

(10) Comments | Posted February 2, 2012 | 7:32 PM

We Democrats always talk about being a "big-tent" party, with room for all beliefs, opinions, and ideas. Our party's history has always been one of inclusion over exclusion, and that commitment to acceptance has proven one thing: we succeed because unlike Republicans, we are a party that understands when life...

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