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True Catholicism Versus Radical Libertarianism

An ideology of individual rights without civic duties clashes with four core Catholic social teachings.

Atheists: Let your conscience be your god

Recently I was invited to participate in a Religion and Law Conference at Florida State University. Almost all the other … Continued

Incendiary political speech is aggressively selfish

After Saturday’s tragic shooting in Tucson, some have pointed the finger at inflammatory political rhetoric. Many singled out Sarah Palin’s … Continued

The disappearing abortion issue

The command by Cardinal-elect and Archbishop Burke that Catholics vote Tea-publican in 2010 was remarkable only in that it was … Continued

Catholics don’t want to be told how to vote

By Frances Kissling Seems like everyone is urging me to vote. I get a dozen or so messages each day … Continued

Respecting the cross and the law

The religious community was deeply split over the recent Supreme Court decision (Salazar v. Buono) about a cross in the … Continued

Burqas and bomb threats: A broader context for ‘The Muslim Problem’

Q: What is the obligation of a Western, democratic government to protect individual freedoms in light of a realistic terrorist … Continued

National day of prayer confusion

JUST LAW AND RELIGION By Michael Kessler The 59th National Day of Prayer is scheduled for May 6. It is … Continued

The religious neutrality of Justice John Paul Stevens

JUST LAW AND RELIGION Michael Kessler Justice John Paul Stevens has announced his intention to retire this summer, ending the … Continued

Anti-Semitic Supply and Demand

ISLAM AND THE WEST By Daniel Brumberg Anti-Semitism is… becoming part of the political ideology… If you dehumanize a group … Continued

A Different Kind of Conversation About the Middle East

“Step One is recognizing that this is a difficult dialogue … That’s crucially important… [And] when you realize that it’s … Continued

The Left Wing of America’s Civil Religion

In a few of my past columns I focused attention on the right wing of America’s civil religion. Now it … Continued

Anti-Catholic Bias Still Accepted

Any doubt that anti-Catholic discrimination exists should have been erased recently by the reaction—or lack of it—to the notorious bloggers … Continued