David E. DeCosse is director of religious and Catholic ethics at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics at Santa Clara University.

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Pope Francis, Newman and the canonization of conscience

Commentary: John Henry Newman recast the notion of conscience as a general orientation by emphasizing more the connection of conscience to freedom, responsibility and belief in God.


Mueller's statement and the injustice that won't go away

Commentary: The judgment of Robert Mueller's report was legal, not ethical. Russian interference in the election violated the right to self-determination of the American people. The Trump campaign's embrace of that interference made it complicit.


Recovery of faith in a new direction

Our Lenten Journey:  What is most sovereign and transcendent about God is not demonstrable power but indestructible, merciful grace that is the ground of the dignity of every person. 

'Magokoro' meets Caritas: Catholic relief efforts in the Fukushima nuclear disaster zone

NCR Today: Caritas Minamisoma is an expanding Catholic relief effort in one of the hardest hit areas of the vast disaster zone along the eastern coast of Japan's main island.