A governor of modest achievements, Mario Cuomo nonetheless left a mark on the nation's broader political debates and offered a forceful rebuttal to Reaganism.
There will never be another politician like Mario Cuomo, a man shaped by a different age. Yet he taught lessons that will always be fresh.
Making sure late-term abortions are done only to save the life of the mother—under the safest conditions possible—should be something both sides can agree on.
Contrary to popular belief, the USCCB does not have the power to tell individual bishops—or Catholic health-care systems—what to do and what not to do.
On the thirtieth anniversary of Joseph Bernardin's lecture on the consistent ethic of life, four contributors reflect on its meaning for today's church.
Unless the exchanges make clear which plans cover elective abortion and which don’t, the ACA’s requirement that insurers segregate abortion funds makes little sense.
In his Fordham lecture Bernardin mentions abortion ten times. The word “fetus” appears twice, but the words “woman” and “women” do not appear at all.
Thirty years later one wonders how many recall the debates the lecture engendered. It bears re-reading; the challenges it poses may be even more pressing now.
Bernardin grasped the idea that the Church’s most important contribution to public life is in shaping a cultural consensus on attitude.
To say that Bernardin's consistent ethic of life did not catch on with the American hierarchy would be an understatement.
Whether liberal or conservative, reform-minded or traditionalist, Catholics were stunned by the interview Pope Francis recently gave. So were many non-Catholics.
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