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Graduating with a Degree in Debt

It’s bad enough that college is so expensive. But the toll exacted by the extra burden of student debt threatens the common good higher ed is meant to preserve.

Understanding a Revolution

The revolution in Ukraine is about the thuggery of Yanukovich's regime, the impoverishment of the nation, and the thieving from the state coffers by his associates.

'Full of Faith'

How I learned about Ned O’Gorman's life of coping—through community, through place, through verse, through secrets, and through faith.

Seeking Guidance?

Legislative prayer is the subject of the latest religion-clause challenge to reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

'A Dire Part of My Life, My Faith'

Images, names, and circumstances make it clear that sacrament and mystery are vital to writer David Schickler's worldview.

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.

Kids, Raised Catholic

We asked some younger Catholics, themselves just setting out in life, to compose responses to the stories in our symposium.

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.
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