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Human Rights for All - Mary Ann Glendon

The parts of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that speak to economic and social justice are almost completely ignored today; even by the major human rights organizations. It seems to me that the most pressing task for friends of human rights today is to re-unite the two halves of the divided soul of the human rights project — its commitment to personal freedom and its sense of one human family for which we all bear a common responsibility.   Read more...

Is It Always Sinful To Wage War? - St. Thomas Aquinas

From his Summa Theologica St. Thomas Aquinas responds to objections to the idea of a just war and explains under what conditions war is justified.  Read more...

Jesuits v. Ryan - Michael Novak

"Left flank to base. Left flank to base. We have lost radio contact with the right flank. Please come in. We have lost contact with the right. Please come in. Give us your bearings. Over."  Read more...

Jesus, Michael Moore, and Capitalism - Father Robert Barron

I’ll admit that I wasn’t going to see Michael Moore’s new movie Capitalism: A Love Story; but then a student of mine at the seminary drew my attention to a debate between Moore and the right-wing commentator Sean Hannity that was posted on YouTube.   Read more...

Jobs and Deficits: The Moral Equation - Father Robert A. Sirico

The Genesis account of creation tells us that from the beginning, humanity was created to work.   Read more...

John Paul II and the Truth about Freedom - Avery Cardinal Dulles

The contemporary crisis of freedom is at root a crisis of truth. In our own day, John Paul II has clearly demonstrated the inseparable connection between freedom and truth. In the course of his long career, he has eloquently and forcefully proclaimed the principles that must underlie every free society, including the American experiment in ordered liberty.  Read more...

Keeping Faith With Labor: Can Unions and Churches Maintain Their Longtime Friendship? - Kathryn Jean Lopez

For much of America's history, labor unions have enjoyed support from religious leaders and their followers. But those ties show signs of unraveling, as unions embrace the radical Left and oppose the priorities of church leaders.  Read more...

Love and the law: true love demands justice - Father Raymond J. de Souza

What does the law have to do with love? Are they not antithetical?   Read more...

Moral Clarity in a Time of War - George Weigel

To suggest that the just war tradition is obsolete is to suggest that politics — the organization of human life into purposeful political communities — is obsolete. What we must do, in this generation, is to retrieve and develop the just war tradition to take account of the new political and technological realities of the twenty-first century. September 11, what has followed, and what lies ahead, have demonstrated just how urgent that task is.  Read more...

Moralism and judgment - Barbara Kay

National Addictions Awareness Week begins today (Nov. 18-24). Everybody -- informed or otherwise -- has an opinion on addiction and how to treat it, so the subject never fails to generate animated public debate.  Read more...

Mother Teresa’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech - Mother Teresa

The poor people are very great people. They can teach us so many beautiful things. The other day one of them came to thank and said: You people who have vowed chastity you are the best people to teach us family planning. Because it is nothing more than self-control out of love for each other. And I think they said a beautiful sentence. And these are people who maybe have nothing to eat, maybe they have not a home where to live, but they are great people. The poor are very wonderful people.  Read more...

National Migration Week and the goal of immigration reform, 2014 - Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap

We need to pray that our elected federal officials will find the courage in this new year of Our Lord, 2014, to finally pass real immigration reform.   Read more...

Not Whether to Help the Poor, But How - Father Robert A. Sirico

The debate over the application of the core teachings of the Christian faith began when Jesus was presented with a Roman coin containing Caesar’s image.  Read more...

ObamaCare and Religious Freedom - Archbishop Timothy M. Dolan

How about some respect for Catholics and others who object to treating pregnancy as a disease?  Read more...

On the Legalization of Drugs - Theodore Dalrymple

Discussing drug legalization with libertarians, as I did recently, can be a frustrating experience.  Read more...

Only Part of the Story - Russell Shaw

The conventional wisdom operative in American Catholic social justice circles neglects the role of virtue.  Read more...

Opening trade morally benefits all people - Rev. Robert Sirico

During the past decade, the Catholic Church has emerged as one of the strongest advocates of free trade. But a system that opens up trade opportunities also needs to be ordered by a moral law. “There is no such thing as a genuinely free economy unless it is grounded in the reality of objective morality,” Fr. Sirico says. “The Vatican clearly understands this.”  Read more...

Opposition to the Death Penalty - Ralph McInerny

When I gingerly introduced the subject of Hell, those who had spontaneously rejected capital punishment and then had some second thoughts about life imprisonment when looked at in itself and not as an alternative to the death penalty seemed inclined toward a creative interpretation of eternal punishment.  Read more...

Paying the piper - Father George W. Rutler

To “pay the piper” originally meant just footing the bill, as the Earl of Chesterfield used it when writing to his son.   Read more...

Philanthropy and Its Enemies - Naomi Schaefer Riley

Activists want to redistribute foundation wealth based on racial quotas.   Read more...

Physicians, Patients, Human Rights, and Referrals: A Principled Approach to Respecting the Rights of - Iain T. Benson

A Submission to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario on the matter of the protection of conscience.   Read more...

Pope Francis on the True Meaning of Poverty - Samuel Gregg

"How I long for a poor Church for the poor!"  Read more...

Pre-emption, Just War, and the Defense of World Order - George Weigel

Papal biographer George Weigel spent part of his career studying Catholic international relations theory, the just-war tradition and the pursuit of peace in its classic Catholic sense of "public order." Here from Zenit is George Weigel on "Getting ‘Just-War’ Straight" and "Pre-emption, Just War, and the Defense of World Order".  Read more...

Principled Giving in Times of Crisis - Karen Woods

A core principle of effective compassion holds that the best type of assistance is that which puts those most affected by disaster back on their feet and in charge of their destinies in the shortest period of time. All good charity is local.  Read more...

Principled Immigration - Mary Ann Glendon

Not for the first time, the world finds itself in an age of great movements of peoples.  Read more...


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