Contraception mandate

Contraception & Honesty

The starting point for the unraveling of Catholic confidence in the church’s sexual ethics is contraception. Shouldn't the next synod finally meet the issue head-on?

Letters | Contraception, Russia, Amtrak

Readers continue the conversation on the morality of contraception in 2015 and how Europe is handling its two most important crises and America its defunct railways.

Playing the Princess

Tension between religious freedom and combating discrimination is the frame for RFRA debates. But these highlight a more basic problem with RFRA jurisprudence.

Letters | Abstinence Education vs. Common Sense

Abstinence education I am puzzled by the reflections of Christopher Roberts and Marian Crowe (Does Method Matter?), which suggest that the spiritual discipline of...

The Pope's American Messenger

The appointment of Blase Cupich will have an impact beyond the Catholic Church because it tells us about the role Francis wants the church to play in American life.

A More Accommodating Accommodation?

In his short and perplexing concurrence on Hobby Lobby, Justice Kennedy offered a path to resolving the dispute over the Affordable Care Act's contraception mandate.

After Hobby Lobby

It’s unfortunate that the Obama administration’s initial, parsimonious exemption for religious groups helped ignite the firestorm that led to Hobby Lobby.

The Pope Isn't a Party Boss

It's a sign of how politicized the American Catholic Church has become that its different factions were lobbying over the message the bishop of Rome should send.

Keep It Vague

Contemporary liberal political philosophers are kindly disposed toward the idea of religious liberty but eager to contain the influence of religion over politics.

Historical Amnesia

Misreadings are all too common among Catholic leaders. Part of the error stems, no doubt, from an ignorance of history, or more likely, history badly taught.

Great Exhortations

More than any other recent U.S. president, Barack Obama has succeeded in puzzling the pundits. His imperturbability and coolly analytical style have led even such...

Obama Needs to Hope Again

If a president finds himself in the role of a political scientist, he has a problem -- even when his political science lesson is 100 percent accurate. When...
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