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Consistent Ethic of Life, Thirty Years Later

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.

Does Your New Health Plan Cover Abortion?

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.

The Heart of Francis's Mission

Pope Francis has surprised the world because he embraces the Christian calling to destabilize and to challenge.

Ambivalent After All These Years

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.

Consistent, Comprehensive, Christ-inspired

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.

The Original Culture Warrior?

Bernardin grasped the idea that the Church’s most important contribution to public life is in shaping a cultural consensus on attitude.

An Ethic of ‘Life,’ Not ‘Purity’

To say that Bernardin's consistent ethic of life did not catch on with the American hierarchy would be an understatement.

The Threat of Peace

The opportunity to roll back Iran’s nuclear program should not be forfeited because of the belligerent posturing of Netanyahu and hawks on Capitol Hill.

A More Benevolent Nation?

Falling crime rates mean that prison and sentencing reforms are among the few matters on which there is hope for cooperation across partisan and ideological lines.

Obama Needs His Friends Back

President Obama is furiously fending off those “winter of discontent” stories, and it’s not even winter yet.

America Shifts Left

Republicans took a step back from the tea party. An ebullient progressive was elected mayor of New York. And a Democrat was elected governor of Virginia.

From the Archives: Commonweal on John F. Kennedy

From the Commonweal archives: articles and essays on John F. Kennedy, fifty years after his assassination.
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