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Catholics & Party Politics

Both presidential campaigns are calling this election a choice between two starkly different visions of America. At least on that score both are right. The crucial...

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...

The Most Important Election Since 1932?

You don’t have to be a Republican to consider Barack Obama a less-than-ideal president. Indeed, disappointment with the president is rife among progressives. Taking...

More than a Relic?

Twenty-five years ago the United States bishops issued their last comprehensive commentary on the moral dimensions of the American political economy. The...

Economic Indicator

Will we soon see a distinguished-looking older man in long white robes walking among the Occupy Wall Street demonstrators in New York's Zuccotti Park? Is Pope...

An Extremist for Justice

We tend to honor the Martin Luther King Jr. we want to honor, not the Martin Luther King Jr. who actually existed. We forget the King who at the time of his...

Protecting Religious Freedom

The Catholic Church is strenuously—some would say obsessively—opposed to the legalization of same-sex marriage. How persuasively is the church making its case? Is...

The Cold War on Ice

Twenty-one years after German reunification, Communist East Germany—or the German Democratic Republic, as it officially and inaccurately called itself—has receded...

Sick Minds

For the past fifteen years, my sister Meg Kaveny has worked with the homeless in Portland, Oregon. Many of them are mentally ill. Meg moved to the Pacific Northwest...

Not Above Politics

Fr. Robert Drinan, SJ, served ten years in the United States House of Representatives from Massachusetts—the same district, with a few changes, now represented by...

Boycotting the Poor Box

In mid-November, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops discussed a report detailing an extensive “review and renewal” of its domestic-poverty program, the...

The Fog of Postwar

John Kalawa, the softspoken grandson of a Limba king, tells me, “I will come to collect you at 5:00.” “Fine,” I say. I don’t know where we’re going; I know only...
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Book Reviews

Plot Twists

July 7, 2013 | 0 comments

A Bronx Tale

April 4, 2013 | 0 comments

When in Rome...

March 3, 2013 | 0 comments

Not Above Politics

February 2, 2011 | 0 comments

The Banality of Eagleton

May 5, 2010 | 0 comments