Morality
LIVING THE CATHOLIC FAITH IN THE 3RD MILLENIUM
A LAYMAN'S LOOK AT THE JOURNEY OF FAITH

Morality

'END THE DEATH PENALTY' 
In a rare display of ecclesial unity, a cross-section of liberal and conservative Catholic publications pushed forward a singular message Thursday: It’s time for the United States to end the use of the death penalty.
'HAS AMERICA LOST ITS MORAL CENTER?' 
A five-person panel examined American life; speakers discussed a nationwide political crisis, the loneliness they've seen on the streets, and what can be regained.
'HUMANAE VITAE' AND THE SENSUS FIDELIUM 
On moral issues, the church must learn from the experiences of baptized people. Discernment strives to discern the true action of the Holy Spirit that involves the experience of people in their daily lives, but also many other aspects as well.
AGAINST THE CULTURE OF DEATH 
John Gehring interviews Karen Clifton, executive director of Catholic Mobilizing Network, about why opposing the death penalty is a prolife cause.
CATHOLIC BISHOPS ACROSS U.S. CONDEMN SEPARATION OF MIGRANT CHILDREN 
None have been more outspoken, however, than the bishops with dioceses on or near the border between the U.S. and Mexico.
CATHOLIC SOCIAL DOCTRINE SHEDS LIGHT ON HOW TO COMBAT GUN VIOLENCE 
Human life and dignity, solidarity, subsidiarity, charity -- how do these pillars of Catholic social teaching apply to the scourge of gun violence?
DEMYTHOLOGIZE THE GUN 
Prayer alone isn’t enough. Justice requires action. The prophets are never satisfied with mere lip service to God. If mouths move and feet stay in the same place, hypocrisy reigns.
EXAMINING CONSCIENCE 
The language of conscience is not so much the language of a right, but of a duty always to act in conscience — that is, the obligation to find and to follow what we understand to be God’s will.
EXAMINING OUR SOCIAL SINS 
What does it mean to embrace honestly an examination of conscience at a time and in a world where racism, violence and environmental degradation are so present?
FEARFUL ASYMMETRY 
Just-war theory is a set of beliefs that reaches back at least as far as Augustine. Within this theory, jus ad bellum concerns the justice of going to war in the first place, while jus in bello concerns justice in the conduct of war.
HUMANAE VITAE AT 50 
The maturing of church teaching. An in-depth look at the birth control teaching and its impact on generations of Catholics.
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO LISTEN TO WHAT THOMAS MERTON SAYS ABOUT VIOLENCE 
Much of what Thomas Merton wrote about violence in the turbulent 1960s remains true today and in some ways -- at least globally -- seems not just worse but also more heinous.
JUST WAR? ENOUGH ALREADY 
We should no longer damn nonviolence with faint praise by recognizing it only as a heroic witness for saints, or as a tactic we recommend to protesters only when we fear their desperation will turn violent and upset our comfortable lives.
HOLY DISOBEDIENCE 
Standing up against injustice can be the hardest thing you ever do, but no one ever said following God would be easy. Fear, rather than love, too often shapes our actions. 'The root of war,' Thomas Merton famously observed, 'is fear.'
NATIONAL CALL-IN DAY TO PROTECT DREAMERS ORGANIZED BY U.S. BISHOPS 
Catholics across the United States are being asked to call their Congressional representatives on Monday, February 26, and urge them to protect Dreamers from deportation.
NOW IS THE TIME FOR ACTION ON GUNS 
Common-sense regulation of gun sales and ownership is an issue of life, and Catholics must fight against the culture of gun violence that pervades our nation.
NUCLEAR WAR AND CHRISTIAN RESPONSIBILITY 
Thomas Merton’s essay on a Christian response to the prospect of nuclear war from 1962. 'Are the masses of the world, including you and me, to resign themselves to their fate and march on to global suicide without resistance'?
OVERWRITING TRADITION; 'HUMANAE VITAE' REPLACED REAL CHURCH TEACHING 
If there ever was a clearly definable position on birth control in official teaching, there was an equally clear perception that it needed to be revised, if not completely replaced.
POPE'S NUCLEAR SPEECH REVEALS DEVELOPMENT OF CHURCH TEACHING 
Francis has gone a step further and is keen for the Church to take a more active role internationally in trying to rid the world of nuclear arms.
POPE REVISES CATECHISM TO SAY DEATH PENALTY IS 'INADMISSIBLE' 
Commits the church to working toward its abolition worldwide
THE END OF THE AFFAIR? 'HUMANAE VITAE' AT 50 
Now approaching its golden jubilee, the encyclical was published at a time of twofold crisis, one theological, the other cultural.
THE POPE, 'A JOURNALISM OF PEACE AGAINST FAKE NEWS' 
If responsibility is the answer to the spread of fake news, then a weighty responsibility rests on the shoulders of those whose job is to provide information, namely, journalists, the protectors of news.
THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT HAS ALWAYS BEEN PRO-WOMEN. OUR PRIORITIES SHOULD REFLECT THAT 
Pro-lifers know well that the movement honors women, cares for women, is led by women and was founded by women. We should be passionate about making sure that the rest of the world can see our respect for women as well.
WHAT NEXT FOR THE PRO-LIFE MOVEMENT? 
Why the Church must find a better way to struggle together to be pro-life after as well as before birth.
WHY IS THE CATHOLIC CHURCH MOVING AWAY FROM JUST WAR THEORY? 
Five reasons underlie the Catholic church's pivot to a positive vision of peace and a point of view that goes well beyond the just war theory.
THE ONES IGNORED 
On the surface, the Reproductive Health Act of 2019 brings New York law to par with Supreme Court rulings. But there are some significant differences.
IS JOHN PAUL II THE MODEL FOR ABORTION DEBATE? 
As the 2020 presidential campaign season begins to roll out and abortion remains singular in its ability to divide the electorate and swamp all other political issues, a bit of not-too-distant papal history may be instructive.
WHY CATHOLIC MORAL THEOLOGY IS A SIGN OF HOPE IN TODAY’S CHURCH 
The real crisis and challenge today is the church’s failure to adequately address the systemic cover-up of sexual abuse of both children and women. Theologians today who are seeking to address situations such as this are a sign of hope.

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