Social Justice

Morbid Symptoms

“The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born. In this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms occur.”—Antonio...

‘Intrinsic Evil’ & Public Policy

Everyone knows what the Catholic Church teaches about abortion, right? It is an “intrinsically evil act.” Yet the answers of Joe Biden and Paul Ryan in the recent...

Bad Influence

Rep. Paul Ryan has long enjoyed a reputation as a wonk’s wonk. Here was a Republican politician happy to engage in substantive conversation about tax policy, debt,...

Backdoor Humanitarianism

Here’s what I believe: If you plan for the most vulnerable, the world works better for everyone. Organize a busy street so a deaf child with a physical disability...

Dear Prudence

There has recently been much talk about whether Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget is faithful to the principles of Catholic social thought—or is instead a libertarian...

The Campaign's Moral Hole

Does our presidential campaign lack a moral core?The question arises in the wake of last week's presidential debate. However you analyze it in electoral terms, the...

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...
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Book Reviews

The Great Reformer

January 22, 2015 | 3 comments

Discovering What Matters Most

December 4, 2014 | 1 comment

Plot Twists

July 1, 2013 | 0 comments

A Bronx Tale

April 22, 2013 | 0 comments

When in Rome...

March 4, 2013 | 0 comments

Not Above Politics

February 4, 2011 | 0 comments

The Banality of Eagleton

May 31, 2010 | 0 comments