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.
Readers write, with comments on biological facts, the strengths of Catholic moral thought, and absolutism; Peter Steinfels replies.
I have attended many births but this was the first time I had to help a woman deliver a baby we both knew would be dead.
'Catholics in the American Century' gathers essays exploring how Catholic experience and perspectives enrich our understanding of the broader American experience.
That Americans and American Catholics remain divided over abortion is to our credit. But some divisions are more necessary, compelling, or expedient than others.
It's been a long time since I have read a book about the church that made me laugh out loud. In The Vatican Diaries, John Thavis presents many stories that will...
When I came into my “Introduction to Shakespeare” classroom on Good Friday, students all over the room were animatedly talking. “Did you see the demonstration in...