Catholics in Politics

Watch as Fr. Sebastian goes through the four arguments against “being Catholic” in public

About the Presentation

Watch as Fr. Sebastian goes through the four arguments against “being Catholic” in public:

  1. “I am elected to represent others. Therefore I am acting at the behest of others.”
  2. “Just because it’s right for me, doesn’t mean it’s right for everyone. Who am to judge?”
  3. “Other people don’t share my faith, so I cannot impose my faith on others.”
  4. “Just because it’s wrong doesn’t mean there should be a law against it?”

Fr. Sebastian then gets specific with how the receiving of sacraments publicly should be addressed and what we, as lay faithful, can do.

Presented by: Fr. Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem.

Moderated by: Fr. Ambrose Criste, O.Praem.

About the host and moderator


Fr. Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem. (Host)

Originally from Pasadena, Fr. Sebastian Walshe is a Norbertine Canon of the Abbey of St. Michael in the Diocese of Orange, California, where he is a professor of philosophy for the seminary program.  After completing his studies at Thomas Aquinas College in California, he continued studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington D.C., receiving a license in Philosophy.  Later, he attended the Pontifical University of St. Thomas at Rome (the Angelicum) where he received a Masters in Sacred Theology and a Doctorate in Philosophy.  His thesis was entitled: “The Primacy of the Common Good as the Root of Personal Dignity in the Doctrine of St. Thomas Aquinas.” From 2003-2005, Fr. Sebastian was also a visiting professor in the Philosophy Department at the Angelicum.

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Our retreat master Fr. Sebastian Walshe, O.Praem. is in very high demand.  The Catholic Business Journal had to really work hard to retain him for our retreat! Don’t miss it!!! Fr. Sebastian will lead us into a deeper understanding of prayer, and its transforming impact on a person’s entire life, no matter what the circumstances.

Fr. Sebastian is a Norbertine from St. Michael’s Abbey in southern California, an excellent teacher and preacher, and a sought-after Retreat Master who also gives retreats for Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.

Fr. Sebastian is a former patent engineer, a graduate in engineering from University of California, Irvine, and also a graduate in liberal arts from Thomas Aquinas College, a four-year Great Books college in southern California. He worked in a prestigious patent attorney’s office in Newport Beach for several years and summers. He eventually earned his License in philosophy from Catholic University and entered the Norbertine Abbey, where he studied at the Angelicum in Rome, earning a Ph.D. in Philosophy and an M.A. in Theology, teaching at the university while finishing his degree.  But don’t let his education or professional experience overwhelm you, there is a reason Fr. Sebastian is a sought-after spiritual director and retreat master—He is an exceptionally gifted and down-to-earth speaker, inspiring in his kindness and refreshing in his clarity of thought.  It is a rare treat to have Fr. Sebastian as our Silent Retreat Master!  

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Fr. Sebastian teaches Philosophy at St. Michael’s Seminary, Senior Religion at St. Michael’s Preparatory School, and is a regular contributor on Catholic Answers radio.


Fr. Ambrose Criste, O.Praem. (Moderator)

Fr. Ambrose grew up in Denver Colorado, the middle of three children. He attended Regis Jesuit High School, the all-boys Catholic preparatory school run by the Jesuit Fathers, and then went on to Colorado College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Classics, History, and Political Science. He won the Rhodes Scholarship, and so continued his education at Oxford University in England. Hearing the call to the religious life and the priesthood, he began visiting religious communities, including several of the Norbertine Canons Regular. He entered St. Michael’s Abbey of the Norbertine Fathers in Orange County, California, and eventually pursued his priestly studies in Rome, where he received the degree of Bachelor of Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (the Angelicum), and then the License in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.

Fr. Ambrose made his final profession in 2006, and was ordained a priest in 2008. He lives at St. Michael’s Abbey, the monastery of his profession, where he is the novice master, the master of the junior-professed, and the vocations director. The Norbertine Canons there at St. Michael’s rejoice to have a large, young, and thriving religious community with many worthy vocations and a magnificent canonical life.

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