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Kevin Ahern is a theological ethicist and president of the Catholic lay movement ICMICA-Pax Romana. He is an associate professor of religious studies at Manhattan College, where he also directed the labor studies program.

Faith Faith and Reason
Kevin AhernOctober 08, 2020
As part of our larger coverage of “Fratelli Tutti,” the latest encyclical letter from Pope Francis, America asked a number of theologians and church experts to contribute a brief response, including their perspectives on its potential impact and its particular areas of import.
Graduate workers make up an increasing portion of the U.S. academic workforce, including classroom instructors. (iStock/Morsa Images)
Politics & Society Short Take
Kevin AhernJanuary 13, 2020
The National Labor Relations Board recently suggested that graduate students are not entitled to the organizing rights guaranteed to similar workers. But Jesuit schools should not stop unionization efforts.
Faith Short Take
Kevin AhernApril 03, 2019
Pope Francis speaks to the ‘now’ of God with his new letter to youth.
Faith Faith in Focus
Kevin AhernApril 20, 2018
“Rejoice and be glad!” is what Jesus said on the Sermon on the Mount. It is also the title of Pope Francis’ new apostolic exhortation on holiness in everyday life.
Pope Francis gestures during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican April 4. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Faith News
Kevin AhernApril 09, 2018
This is not the first time that Francis has drawn attention to the persistence of Gnosticism and Pelagianism.
Pope Francis greets woman at Palmasola prison in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, July 10. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Synod on the Family
Kevin AhernApril 08, 2016
Francis’ pastoral theology of family life draws on some surprising sources.
CALL TO ACTION. Journalists attend a news conference for the presentation of Pope Francis’ new encyclical, “Laudato Si’,” at the Vatican on June 18, 2015.
Kevin AhernJuly 08, 2015
Looking back at a life-giving encyclical on The World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation
Laudato Si
Kevin AhernJune 18, 2015
In addition to the use of gender-inclusive language, a first in official Catholic social encyclicals, one of the most amazing aspects of “Laudato Si’” are the footnotes. To be honest it was one of the very first things I looked at. Francis departs from the tradition of Catholic soc
In All Things
Kevin AhernAugust 31, 2013
Ever since the election of Pope Francis I rsquo ve been eagerly waiting to hear who would be named as the Vatican Secretary of State a position in the church that manages the internal workings of the Vatican the appointment of new bishops and the church rsquo s diplomatic relations In my previo
In All Things
Kevin AhernMarch 02, 2013
I read with interest the New York Times opinion piece by Paul Elie, “Give Up Your Pew for Lent.” Elie’s article comes a day after another provocative op-ed in thesame paper by Hans Küng, one of the last active theological experts of Vatican II who explores the possibility of “A Vatican Spring.”