Author: Charles Camosy

The Crisis of Catholic Moral Theology in the United States – Some Questions for Critics

In November of last year I published a critique of the current state of Catholic moral theology in the United States in the pages of Church Life Journal. I crafted the piece over the better part of a year in conversation with ten fellow moral theologians with different views on these matters, including more than one who disagreed with my central thesis. Given what was at stake, I was hoping for dialogical responses and critiques to the piece and was initially disappointed that there was so little of a response. The Jesuit Post did do a follow up Q and A with me and when this was picked up by America Magazine I was pleased that responses appeared from Emily Reimer-Barry here at the Catholic Moral Theology blog and Megan McCabe in her own Q and A at America. I also hoped others might join in and respond to their pieces. There have been some helpful internet comments at the conclusion the pieces, but in general there hasn’t been much of a formal response to Reimer-Barry or McCabe. And while there may be responses forthcoming, I do think the silence thus far reveals a major part of the problem I was trying to identify. (More on this in the questions below.) I was hoping, for multiple reasons, to see the dialogue develop without follow-ups from me, but at this point...

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Disinviting Pro-Life Feminist Sponsors from the Women’s March Was a Profound Gift to Pro-Life Feminism

Using power plays to exclude dissenting voices rarely does much to silence them. Often, it does the opposite. That was the case this past week when the powers governing the Women’s March in Washington DC decided, after approving their sponsorship, that New Wave Feminists could not be a sponsor because of their pro-life views. The result? A veritable explosion of coverage and opinion pieces raising awareness about pro-life feminism. Given that the biggest problem pro-life feminism has is convincing people that it is a real thing, those of us who identify couldn’t have asked for anything more. There were numerous...

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A Response to Rebecca Todd Peters’ JSCE Review of Beyond the Abortion Wars

Rebecca Todd Peters’ review of my book Beyond the Abortion Wars, which appears in the current edition of the Journal of the Society of Christian Ethics, contains several puzzles—puzzles which make her review an outlier among the 34 reviews of the book which have been published thus far. Given that the fact it appears in such a prestigious journal in our field, I felt compelled to respond despite its outlier status. The first puzzle is that her two main critiques of my book contradict each other. On the one hand I’m “paternalistic” in claiming that women are structurally coerced...

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Sex with Computers and Our Cultural Slouch Toward GATTACA

I almost always finish my bioethics courses by having a final-class party and showing much of the 90’s film GATTACA–a movie which predicts a dystopian future in which procreation and sex are completely disconnected from each other. The film has already been prophetic in many ways, and the fact that sex robots now appear to be here to stay signals that we remain on the GATTACA trajectory. I wrote about this development (particularly in light of this week’s international conference on sex and robots) in today’s New York Daily News: “Does love have to be reciprocated in order to...

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Consistently Facing Unjust Violence When We’d Prefer to Look Away

It is something of a banal truism that technology has forever chanced our capacity to see things. With cameras virtually everywhere (on police officers bodies, our phones, millions and millions of city streets, etc.) there is little going on today that cannot be captured with video. And with social media, there is little captured with video that cannot be widely shared and enter the public consciousness almost instantly. However, we now also have more control over what images we are forced to confront. The logic of The Big Sort leads us to look away from–or, perhaps better, never encounter in...

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