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Dan Lipinski is the new Pope Leo XIII Fellow on Social Thought at the University of Dallas. (photo: Courtesy photo)

The former congressman reflects on today’s political climate as he begins to teach at the University of Dallas.

By Lauretta Brown, EWTN News, February 8, 2023

Lauretta Brown is the Register’s Washington-based staff writer.

Lauretta BrownFormer Democratic U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski of Illinois, a Catholic, is both taking on a new challenge and returning to his roots as the new Pope Leo XIII Fellow on Social Thought at the University of Dallas.

Lipinski served eight terms in Congress as a pro-life Democrat before being defeated in his 2020 primary by pro-abortion challenger Marie Newman, after abortion groups backed her with substantial funding. Prior to his time in Congress, he taught political science at the University of Tennessee and the University of Notre Dame.

Lipinski spoke with the Register Monday about his new teaching role and how he views the role of Catholics in today’s divisive political climate. He also discussed the lessons to be learned from the writings of Pope Leo XIII and how pro-life politicians should hone their message in the post-Roe era. …

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