Author: David Cloutier

The Children of God: The Catholic Response to Gun Violence

The following is a guest post from Andrew Kuzma, who has his Ph.D. in moral theology from Marquette University, and currently teaches morality at a Catholic high school in Milwaukee. Why are we not doing more to reduce gun violence? It’s a question that I have been asking myself lately, as a Catholic and as a moral theologian, but especially as a Catholic high school teacher. In that realm, talking about gun violence is taboo because it commits the unpardonable offense of being “political.” My school, I would wager, is not unique in this regard. Nor is it all...

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Gaudete et exultate: A first (pre-emptive) take

Pope Francis today issued an apostolic exhortation on the universal call to holiness. While it reiterates certain themes that have been seen in prior documents, it is a powerful call. If we don’t distort it. First, the facts. The document has five chapters. The first reiterates and humanizing Vatican II’s insistence that all Christians are called to “something higher”  – to holiness. The second identifies “two subtle errors” in some detail: a contemporary Gnosticism and a contemporary Pelagianism. These two errors were first pointed out in Evangelii Gaudium, and were also the subject of a recent CDF document. The...

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A March for Peaceableness

I think, in my 13 years of primary and secondary education, I never once even imagined being threatened by a school shooter. It wasn’t that Chicago was some kind of nonviolent place during my childhood years of the 1980’s (quite the opposite), or even that my schools (or at least my K-8 school) were particularly sheltered. It just wasn’t something you imagined happening. Indeed, there WERE images of real violence in schools at the time – but these were associated with inner-city Chicago schools, and everyone acknowledged the same thing: what was happening there was not normal. A common...

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Amoris Alert: Cardinal Wuerl Finds Common Ground!

As is stated in our mission, this blog started among theological friends who were disappointed with polarization in the Church, and especially in discussions of difficult moral questions on the Web. At the time, in 2011, that bridging appeared to be a gradual operation that could be built over time. It was easier to write then. When Francis became pope almost five years ago, it seemed that the times for such charitable discussion across disagreement would grow. And yet, here we are, not blogging… hmmm… One of the narrative threads of Ross Douthat’s forthcoming book chronicling the Francis papacy...

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Economic Inequality: Complicated (in a Good Way)

Economic inequality is a stubborn problem. In a recent interview, economist Angus Deaton offers some very insightful comments about the complexity of the problem. Deaton, who is pro-globalization, but whose work with Anne Case documented the rising mortality rates among working-class middle-aged people, presents a model for the kind of engagement we really need in order to address economic problems in their complexity. As the blog of the Stigler Center at the University of Chicago writes: …[Deaton] suggested in a recent piece for Project Syndicate, it’s possible that the term “inequality” itself might be ill-fitting. A better term might be...

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