Law & Government

'War Begets War, Violence Begets Violence'

“War begets war, violence begets violence.” With these words, Pope Francis called upon Catholics the world over to follow his lead and devote Saturday, September 7 to prayer and fasting for peace in Syria. What can we do to bring about peace in the world, the Pope fervently asked. We must touch peoples’ hearts. And we… Read more »

Why I changed my mind about same-sex marriage

As a matter of public understanding, marriage today can only be grounded on love and commitment, not on procreation. As a Catholic, I still understand marriage in my faith tradition to unite the procreative and affective ideals.

The Pro Life Movement at a Crossroads

In the winter of 2013, it is fair to say that the pro-life movement faces a crossroads the likes of which it has not seen since 1976. It will do well, therefore, to recall some of the events of that earlier political season. The 1976 election was the first presidential campaign in which abortion became… Read more »

The American Catholic Church and Roe. v. Wade

Forty years ago this January, the United States Supreme Court decided the case of Roe v. Wade, which struck down a number of states’ restrictive abortion laws and extended the right of privacy to include the woman’s right to terminate her pregnancy. Many American Catholics took exception to this decision and have engaged in four decades… Read more »

Against Apocalypticism

Well, I am glad we dodged the Mayan Apocalypse. I wager that you are too. Having the Earth’s polarity suddenly reverse, being sucked into outer space, or being plowed over by a mysterious rogue planet would have been awful ways to end our civilization. Most people probably took the Mayan Apocalypse as light-heartedly as I… Read more »