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Death Rattle for the Costanza Strategy? David Koch Comes Out in Support of Abortion Rights

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

Americans are used to cynical political maneuvering. We have military hawks actually running as small-government conservatives. And...

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What does the word “terror” really mean today?

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

Let me begin this post by doing what I specifically instruct my students not to do at the beginning of a paper: give a dictionary...

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The Libertarian Default

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Current Events | 6 comments

At the end of every semester in my ethics class (a required class for all students here at the Mount), I read ethics research paper...

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Statement of Catholic Theologians on Racial Justice

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Bioethics, Life and Death, Current Events, Role of Moral Theologian in Church and Society Series | 0 comments

Advent is a season of waiting and of hoping. In the face of conflict, distrust, and division – in the wilderness – we are...

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Is Praying for Peace Effective?

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Current Events | 1 comment

Was Pope Francis’s prayer for peace in Syria in September 2013 a failure? Daniel Petri, writing recently at Millennial, asks this...

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A World AIDS Day Reflection

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

Immersed in death, dying yourself, or sitting vigil by the bedside of someone who is, death loses some of its mystery, and there comes a...

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Complementarity and Cable News

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Current Events | 2 comments

I sometimes play a game that involves flipping channels back and forth between Fox News and MSNBC at ten minute intervals. Doing so is...

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Culture, “News” and the Unmentionable

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

What is unmentionable in a society tells you a lot about the moral character of a society. During the Second World War, British...

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Strong Pro-Choicers Falter, but so do Personhood Measures: the Abortion Politics of 2014 and Beyond

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Current Events | 1 comment

Like many things associated with abortion, last nights results were complicated.  Two seemingly contradictory things happened: 1.  Strong...

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From the Parish: Reflections on the Synod from a Parish Priest

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Current Events | 1 comment

The following is a guest post from Fr. Satish Joseph, PhD. He offers this further reflection on the Synod, with a particular intriguing...

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Are Catholics Saved?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Current Events | 6 comments

Beth Haile always writes excellent posts, and I benefit a great deal from reading them. I particularly enjoy her commentaries on the...

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The Danger of Donatism in Ministering to the Divorced and Remarried

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Current Events | 2 comments

The conversations on marriage and family life brought to a boil by the recently-concluded Extraordinary Synod of Bishops have...

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Why We Ought to Pay Serious Attention to Spiritual but Not Religious (You Should Read This….)

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

I’ve been teaching for almost a decade, and in past years, if there’s been anything I’ve been more annoyed with (in a...

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God, Catholic Moral Theology, and Tetris

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

Those of us who grew up in the 80’s are familiar with Tetris. It’s a video game. The computer deploys different shaped blocks from the top...

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The Synod of Bishops: Signs of Divorce in the Family of God?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Current Events | 4 comments

No one can escape preparation for marriage in the Catholic Church without hearing the message that good communication skills are essential...

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The Synod Part 2: Field Hospitals in a Divorce Culture

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

I posted an initial take on some of the themes coming out of the Synod of the Family over at dotcommonweal on Monday. I want to expand on...

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The Synod’s Report on Marriage: A Hearing

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

The Mid-Term Report for the meeting of the Synod of Bishops on the family just came out.  For the most part, it has been well received...

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On the Ethics of Organ Transplantation, Part II

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

This is a brief synopsis and discussion of Part II of a report on Catholic perspectives on organ transplantation. The first part of the...

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Hospital or Campaign: What will the Synod on the Family be?

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

Pope Francis has expressed his desire that the Catholic Church function like a “field hospital.”  Perhaps the first real test of this is...

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On the Ethics of Organ Transplantation: A Catholic Perspective (Part I)

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Bioethics, Life and Death, Current Events, From the Field | 0 comments

On the Ethics of Organ Transplantation: A Catholic Perspective is a document authored by a working party under the auspices of the...

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