Purple Catholicism

Latest research on vegetative state calls for new civil rights movement

By Charles C. Camosy — January 22, 2020

(RNS) — In the 15 years since Terri Schiavo died, changes in medical research and technology give us reason to totally rethink fundamental questions about patients thought to be ‘vegetative.’

Helping the vulnerable at risk for assisted suicide

By Charles C. Camosy — December 30, 2019

(RNS) — Physician-assisted suicide is one of the few issues that doesn’t fall into the well-worn grooves of the culture wars. For that reason, we have a chance to resist it.

Peter Singer on why we don’t help the global poor and why we should

By Charles C. Camosy — December 5, 2019

(RNS) — ‘To live an ethical life it’s not enough to refrain from lying, stealing or killing,’ says the renowned bioethicist. ‘We have to assist people who lack the necessities they need to survive.’

My friendship with Peter Singer 10 years on

By Charles C. Camosy — November 21, 2019

(RNS) — As Peter Singer’s influential 2009 book ‘The Life You Can Save,’ is reissued in a 10th anniversary edition, our Catholic ethicist reviews his unlikely friendship with the champion of abortion rights.

Five things Kanye knows

By Charles C. Camosy — November 6, 2019

(RNS) — Kanye’s new album ‘Jesus Is King’ has caused a stir for its author’s conversion, but what lessons does it offer about faith?

Facebook and the speech of religious pro-lifers

By Charles C. Camosy — October 31, 2019

(RNS) — Facebook’s refusal to vet political ads for accuracy has brought outrage from some on the left, who say it leaves the network vulnerable to being manipulated as it was in 2016’s election. But the fact is that Facebook’s sins are bipartisan.

As fostering reaches crisis point, activists make it a pro-life issue

By Charles C. Camosy — October 9, 2019

(RNS) — As the number of children in need of homes has risen, in at least half of U.S. states the number of parents who choose to foster is actually falling.

Doctor’s cache of human remains shows the moral cost of practicing abortion

By Charles C. Camosy — September 20, 2019

(RNS) — Participating in our violent throwaway culture leads us to discard our own humanity.

What it means to ‘get’ religion in 2020

By Charles C. Camosy — September 6, 2019

(RNS) — The media sees religion as the ‘frosting’ rather than the ‘cake’ of the people they cover. The real substance of a person lies, say, in economic concerns — not the superficial fact of where they go to church.

Our major parties offer no place for a rising moral middle

By Charles C. Camosy — August 27, 2019

(RNS) — Millions of American voters believe that we must uphold the dignity of every human from conception to natural death while ensuring access to food, shelter, education and health care.

Paid family leave is a pro-life issue that can unite Republicans and Democrats

By Charles C. Camosy — August 14, 2019

(RNS) — Besides giving women hope of affording an unintended child, paid family leave is ‘associated with drops in perinatal, neonatal, post-neonatal, infant, and child mortality.’ Hard to get more pro-life than that.

Death penalty decision answers lingering questions about how Barr’s faith affects his politics

By Charles C. Camosy — July 26, 2019

(RNS) — The worry that Barr might impose his private religious views on federal matters has apparently been overblown.

Opponents of the pan-Amazon synod discard Catholic social doctrine

By Charles C. Camosy — July 5, 2019

(RNS) — The suggestion that ‘ecology, economy, and politics’ have nothing to do with the mission and mandate of the church is totally inconsistent with nearly 130 years of Catholic social doctrine.

British forced abortion case signals broader change in pro-choice argument

By Charles C. Camosy — June 28, 2019

(RNS) — The British case shows that the sacredness of letting patients or their surrogates make decisions based on their own values can be discarded when the decision is about abortion.

Traditional Christians provoke debate within a new conservative coalition

By Charles C. Camosy — June 10, 2019

(RNS) — Despite a public space rigged against their version of the good, traditional Christians do manage to convince people with very different views of the truth of their claims.

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