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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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.


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.