Covenant Keeper

I have had the good fortune to know a number of fine fiction writers over the years, and to a man (or woman) they always prayed for the crucial literary award that...

Care Package

In current battles between church and state about health care and health insurance, it is often the poor and uninsured who end up as unintended casualties. A recent...

Dignity & the End of Life

Physician-assisted suicide (PAS) and euthanasia have long been the redheaded stepchildren of the prolife movement. They are dutifully included in the litany of life...

Pass the Cudgel

We’re still debating whether what we’re doing in Libya can rightly be described as war, though bombs dropped amid an “intervention” are just as deadly. But where’s...

Humming with Mystery

When President Barack Obama announced an executive order creating a Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues, he said, “As our nation invests in science and...

Fetal Positions

Americans living in the mid-nineteenth century knew almost nothing about the human fetus, at least in a biological sense. Prior to a mother’s perception of fetal...

Better than Nature?

Of all the medical technologies that have come along in the past fifty years or so, few have seemed more provocative than advances in genetic technologies. For some...


Not all religions have imposed moral precepts upon their adherents, but all those known as “world religions” have made such a firm connection between their practice...

No Labels, Please

Sometimes, when talking to younger audiences, the theologian Lisa Sowle Cahill will describe herself as a “relic” of the distant and benighted era before the Second...

Heroes & Villains

In the apocalyptic closing lines of After Virtue, Alasdair MacIntyre worries about the contemporary West’s decline into moral barbarism. If my account of our moral...

The Rush to Repeal

Liberals may lament the administration’s failure to make progress on immigration and climate-change legislation in this congressional session, but it may be time to...

Catholic Unity

With regret and some trepidation, Commonweal and many other prolife Catholic commentators and organizations, including the Catholic Health Association, disagreed...
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Fetal Positions

March 3, 2011 | 0 comments

Better than Nature?

February 2, 2011 | 0 comments

Heroes & Villains

December 12, 2010 | 0 comments

The Banality of Eagleton

May 5, 2010 | 0 comments

Techno sapiens?

April 4, 2010 | 0 comments

Paved with Good Intentions

November 11, 2008 | 0 comments