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Catholic Voices Unite Against the Death Penalty

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Current Events | 1 comment

On Thursday, four diverse Catholic publications – America, National Catholic Reporter, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday...

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Moral Lessons Learned While Not Driving

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Current Events | 2 comments

My husband and I moved to Austin, TX a half a year ago for him to complete a one-year residency as a hospital chaplain. We are a one-car...

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Marketing our Children for Money

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Current Events | 1 comment

Most of us are probably aware of some of the more blatant and visible ways that companies market TO our children. Christian youth pastors...

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Open Letter to Gov. Nathan Deal Regarding Kelly Gissendaner from a Catholic Theologian

Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in Bioethics, Life and Death, Current Events | 2 comments

Dear Governor Deal (and Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles)*: As ​a ​Catholic ​moral ​theologian ​ (and a former corrections officer and...

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How (Not) to Have Arguments Among Catholics

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in Current Events | 1 comment

A recent exchange between Robert Mickens and George Weigel provides an illustration of much that is wrong with our middle-brow...

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The Seven Deadly Comforts

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Current Events, From the Field | 0 comments

Throughout history the so-called seven “deadly” or “capital” sins have been enumerated in different ways. Aquinas preferred to speak of...

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Four Ways to Avoid Targeting Teachers

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Current Events | 2 comments

Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco has created quite the stir with his recent policy that Catholic high school teachers in his diocese...

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Is Starbucks a Model for Catholic Social Teaching?

Posted by on Feb 10, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

One of the key elements of Pope Benedict’s Caritas in Veritate is a call for “quota of gratutiousness and communion” within economic...

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Does Pope Francis have a “Weak” Bioethic?–A Response to Mark Cherry

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Current Events, From the Field | 1 comment

A few days ago, those of us on the Christian Bioethics e-mail list got advanced notice of a commentary by Prof. Mark Cherry. Titled...

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Finally, A Way “Beyond the Abortion Wars”

Posted by on Feb 9, 2015 in Current Events, From the Field | 8 comments

Beyond the Abortion Wars: A Way Forward For a New Generation by Charles C. Camosy. Eerdmans. 224 pages (to be released March 12th 2015) In...

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How Technology Obscures Moral Agency

Posted by on Feb 6, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

The following is a guest post from Joshua Hochschild, associate professor of philosophy and Dean of the College of Liberal Arts at Mount...

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Archbishop Romero is now a martyr.

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

On February 3, Pope Francis claimed Archbishop Oscar Romero a martyr. Oscar Romero was killed while saying mass on March 24, 1980. It has...

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Herd Immunity and Theological Anthropology: A Catholic Case for Vaccinating Your Children

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Current Events | 1 comment

California has many attractions that international travelers and local residents alike can visit. Since we are residents of southern...

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Secularism, Religion, and Moral Progress

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

Is religion a source of moral progress in the world, or does it hold humankind back from achieving a more just society? In a recent column...

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Anti-Catholic Microaggressions

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015 in Current Events | 2 comments

Derald Wing-Sue has made something of a name for himself through his research on “microaggressions,” which are insults that a...

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NFL Ignores its Own Concussion Rules on its Biggest Stage

Posted by on Feb 2, 2015 in Current Events | 2 comments

So apparently a sporting event took place last night. I didn’t watch. Now, those who know me might guess it was because I was still...

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The NFL, Women, and the Idolization of Masculinity

Posted by on Feb 1, 2015 in Current Events, Popular Culture, Women and Gender | 0 comments

It’s Super Bowl Sunday! For football fanatics, this is the highest of holy days for our beloved sport. Football has been traditionally...

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A New Paradigm for Catholic Energy Ethics

Posted by on Jan 28, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

The following is a guest post by Erin Lothes Biviano, who teaches theology at the College of St. Elizabeth. 2015 promises to be a...

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Public Choice Theorists Should Read the Popes

Posted by on Jan 27, 2015 in Current Events | 1 comment

  One of the key goals of Pope Francis’s papacy has been the reform of the Curia, the Vatican bureaucracy responsible for overseeing...

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Between Rabbits and Contraception

Posted by on Jan 26, 2015 in Current Events | 1 comment

Pope Francis has caused a little controversy with his statement that Catholics do not need to breed like rabbits.  Many inside and outside...

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