The National Catholic Review

November 1, 2010

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


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'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

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.

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.

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.”