America needs leaders. Desperately.
It needs leaders who understand the dignity of the human person, the sanctity of life, and role of faith in shaping the social order.
It also needs leaders who understand both natural law and divine law, who have been schooled in the virtues, and formed in the truth.
And it needs leaders with practical competence who are capable of making the hard choices, doing the right thing, and sacrificing themselves for the good of others and the nation.
It doesn’t, however, just need those leaders in Washington. It needs them everywhere, in every walk of life, transforming both Church and culture as doctors and lawyers, journalists and corporate executives, artists and academics. That is the unique vocation of the laity: to transform the social order from within, to be salt and light and leaven in the world.