Category Archives: Catholicism

Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate, Post-Scalia

Obamacare’s Contraception Mandate, Post-Scalia

by Christina Claxton ’16 “Uterus is back on the menu at the Supreme Court,” wrote Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick in her November 6 dispatch on the day’s big judicial news. The Supreme Court had agreed to hear a follow-up to Hobby Lobby, the case that established a religious right for “closely held” for-profit companies. This latest… Continue Reading

Papa Francisco, Si; Catholic Social Teaching, Not So Much

Papa Francisco, Si; Catholic Social Teaching, Not So Much

By Andrew Walsh   America loves a papal visit. For the tenth time since the Pope Paul VI made a one-day stop in New York in 1964, a familiar pattern of joyful adulation played out as Pope Francis visited Washington, New York and Philadelphia over six days in late September. Hundreds of thousands of people… Continue Reading

Showdown at the Bishops Synod

Showdown at the Bishops Synod

Everyone interested in the future of the Catholic church is now focused on the Synod of Bishops on the Family – the showdown in Rome between progressive forces seeking to reanimate the spirit of the Second Vatican Council and conservatives anxious to maintain the “reform of the reform” undertaken by Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI. Continue Reading

Spiritual Libertarianism

Spiritual Libertarianism

In a talk April 6 at Boston College, Mark Silk argued that the past decade has seen the development of a new kind of libertarianism alongside of economic, civil, and moral libertarianism. He called it “spiritual libertarianism,” and saw evidence of it in recent state efforts to pass strict new version of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Continue Reading