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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

Philosopher's Notebook
John J. ConleyNovember 04, 2015
With dramatic flair, the church in November urges us to pray for the dead as nature undergoes its annual decline.
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John J. ConleyOctober 07, 2015
This expanded intervention of the state weakens personal freedom.
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John J. ConleySeptember 08, 2015
The euthanasia juggernaut has become a campaign to eliminate the disabled.
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John J. ConleyJuly 21, 2015
Pope Francis' outlook sharply diverges from that promoted by many prominent environmentalists.
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John J. ConleyMay 28, 2015
Freddie Gray died on April 19 from spinal injuries sustained while he was in custody, being transported in a police van. Protests surrounding his death turned violent on the evening of April 25. The violence intensified on April 27, the day of Gray’s funeral, with a night of arson, looting and
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John J. ConleyApril 22, 2015
Observers of the anti-Armenian campaign quickly noted its genocidal nature.
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John J. ConleyMarch 18, 2015
Suspicious of all political utopias, Ionesco rejected the efforts at a partisan recuperation of the drama.
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John J. ConleyFebruary 17, 2015
At the center of the spiritual life is the simple courage to be quiet.
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John J. ConleyJanuary 22, 2015
Three homily don'ts from a 30-year veteran of the pulpit
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John J. ConleyDecember 11, 2014
The recent Synod on the Family had its surface controversies: the admission of the divorced and remarried to the sacraments and the pastoral care of homosexuals. It also had its background theoretical controversies. The Vatican’s Humanum conference in November probed one of them: the complemen