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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What Howard Thurman can teach Catholics about responding to racism today

Commentary: Archbishop Gomez's speech criticizing social movements raises the question: Is Catholicism fit to respond to racism in the U.S.? Can we meet theologian Howard Thurman's demand for a credible Christianity?


What a burial service for 1,780 unclaimed dead tells us about dignity

Commentary: On Dec. 1 Los Angeles County held an annual service called the Burial of the Unclaimed Dead for 1,780 persons. The service sought to comfort the spirits of the abandoned and address a tangible failure: How could we let such abandonment happen?


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.