Books and Culture
The collected confabulations of Gunter Grass and his children
The story of the mass migration of six million African Americans
Mary Oliver reminds us of the mystery and necessity of poetry.
Michael Cunningham's story of one man's struggle for perpetual youth and beauty
A theological interpretation of recent surveys of youth and religion
According to Mark Massa, the American Catholic revolution is still unfolding.
The vacuous theology of Clint Eastwood's 'Hereafter'
Ultimately 'The Social Network' is not really about the founding of Facebook.
The Call of the Catholic Citizen
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.”