Last Take

Kathleen McChesney September 04, 2020
Strong laws and codes of conduct for law enforcement officers already exist, but mechanisms for oversight and accountability are needed, writes Kathleen McChesney.
Leo J. O’Donovan, S.J. September 01, 2020
A former president of Georgetown remembers the legendary coach John Thompson Jr.
Margaret Sanger, far left, at the Zurich Birth Control Conference in September 1930 (
John J. Conley, S.J. July 28, 2020
Even Planned Parenthood now seems embarrassed by Sanger’s support for forced sterilization, writes John J. Conley. Her targeting of the black population to reduce birth rates is equally troubling.
Rep. John Lewis of Georgia is shown in a scene from the documentary "John Lewis: Good Trouble" about the longtime racial equality activist and member of Congress. (CNS photo/courtesy Magnolia Pictures)
Kerry Kennedy July 19, 2020
I asked Mr. Lewis how he felt then, four and half decades after being bludgeoned by state troopers. He replied with one word: “Grateful.”
Boston College will address structural racism through its Forum on Racial Justice in America. (Photo courtesy of Boston College) 
Vincent Rougeau July 17, 2020
Structural racism must be addressed as a collective, not only an individual, responsibility. A new project at Boston College tackles this challenge. Its inaugural director, Vincent Rougeau, explains.
People hold signs during a candlelight prayer vigil Dec. 8, 2019, held to oppose the Trump administration's plan to reinstate the federal death penalty. (CNS photo/David Maung)
Helen Prejean, C.S.J. July 15, 2020
What is the moral imperative behind the government’s urgency to hasten the death of its citizens?