John J. Conley, S.J., is a Jesuit of the Maryland Province and a regular columnist for America. He is the current Francis J. Knott Chair of Philosophy and Theology at Loyola University, Maryland, with a particular interest in modern French philosophy. Fr. Conley

Pope Francis speaks on April 4 to participants at a Vatican conference marking the 50th anniversary of Blessed Paul VI's encyclical on development, "Populorum Progressio." At left is Cardinal Peter Turkson, president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano, handout).
Faith In All Things
June 26, 2017
Cardinal Turkson insists that the ultimate causes of environmental degradation must be sought in the sinfulness of the human person.
Arts & Culture Short Take
May 19, 2017
I am an addict. I am a hoarder. I cannot give up books.
Politics & Society Last Take
April 19, 2017
In its mature form politeness is a species of charity.
Arts & Culture Last Take
March 23, 2017
Rather than being a recent outcropping of American pop culture at its most vulgar, “Wheel of Fortune” is arguably our clearest survival of classical civilization.
Politics & Society Philosopher's Notebook
February 22, 2017
Erasing good news about people with disabilities can only encourage the choice to abort people with Down syndrome in the first place.
Teacher Matt Gring talks with his students in the third grade at St. Ambrose Catholic School, a Notre Dame ACE Academy, in Tucson, Ariz., Oct. 23, 2014. (CNS photo/Nancy Wiechec)
Faith Philosopher's Notebook
December 06, 2016
Courage can erupt in the most unexpected corners.
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Faith Philosopher's Notebook
November 02, 2016
At a distance “Under-cover Boss” would seem to be yet another of the “gotcha” surveillance series in which employers and detectives root out dishonest or incompetent employees.
Arts & Culture Books
October 13, 2016
Reno’s portrait of contemporary American society is bold and grim.
Arts & Culture Culture
October 12, 2016
Bitter, brilliant controversy wracked each stage of the evolution of The Way and its allied academic institutions.
The carved busts of Socrates, Antisthenes, Chrysippus, and Epicurus. (Flickr photo/Matt Neale)
Faith Philosopher's Notebook
October 05, 2016
Some Catholics have abandoned philosophy as a central component of the church's discourse.