The National Catholic Review

November 1, 2010

Vol. 203 No. 12Whole No. 4910 Download PDF


Current Comment
'God Has Never Left Us'; The Bronx Eleven'; Voting Rights for All
A Woman Dies
Teresa Lewis was the first woman to be put to death in Virginia in almost a century.


Catholics As Citizens
M. Cathleen Kaveny
Today's ethical challenges call for new moral thinking.

Books and Culture

Sins of the Father
Peter Heinegg
The collected confabulations of Gunter Grass and his children
Southern Exodus
Bill Williams
The story of the mass migration of six million African Americans
Mary's Good News
Angela ODonnell
Mary Oliver reminds us of the mystery and necessity of poetry.
Peter's Principles
Kevin Spinale
Michael Cunningham's story of one man's struggle for perpetual youth and beauty
Teen Spirit
Tom Beaudoin
A theological interpretation of recent surveys of youth and religion
Tumult and Transformation
Kathleen Sprows Cummings
According to Mark Massa, the American Catholic revolution is still unfolding.
Ghost Stories
John P. McCarthy
The vacuous theology of Clint Eastwood's 'Hereafter'
Kerry Weber
Ultimately 'The Social Network' is not really about the founding of Facebook.

Columns and Departments

The Word
Angelic Legacy
Barbara E. Reid
Voting Angry
John F. Kavanaugh
Of Many Things
Of Many Things
Drew Christiansen

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  The Call of the Catholic Citizen
Lisa Sowle Cahill, John A. Coleman
In her article "Catholics as Citizens" (11/1), M. Cathleen Kaveny calls for new moral thinking to address the complex ethical dilemmas facing Catholics today. Kaveny argues that the moral theological category of "cooperation with evil" is insufficient to address questions such as whether Catholics can vote for a pro-choice politician or shop in a big-box store if some of the products are made in sweatshops. In such an environment it is necessary to "develop new ways of analyzing the involvement of individuals in systemic structures of complicity." America asked Lisa Sowle Cahill, John A. Coleman, S.J., and Lisa Fullam to address these and other issues raised by Professor Kaveny's article. The Power of One “Theoretical principles and ideal or absolute values are not enough to set the moral rules.”