David E. DeCosse is director of religious and Catholic ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University. Follow him on Twitter: @daviddecosse.

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LA church's jubilee year a chance to face sins of California mission history

Commentary: To be Catholic in California is to hunger for the church to account for its problematic mission past. But the jubilee year in the Los Angeles Archdiocese does not appear thus far to be a vehicle for historical redress.


St. Thomas More for our times: not a culture war hero

Commentary: In a time when the Catholic Church in the U.S. is flirting with Communion bans and populist nationalism, it's good to consider anew why Thomas More, patron saint of politicians, is not a culture war hero.


Love in a time of insurrection: St. Augustine on the unity of the American people

Commentary: For Augustine, we face the constant temptation to seize things for ourselves — freedom, democracy, even God — instead of understanding such goods as belonging also to others.


Catholics, voting and abortion: Time to correct the record

Commentary: Catholic teaching provides ways for voters to evaluate candidates on the basis of abortion — and of other serious issues like the pandemic or racism. No Catholic is bound to vote on the basis of abortion alone.