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  • May 9, 2016

    Like so many of Pope Francis’ writings, homilies and interviews, there are many passages in the apostolic exhortation “The Joy of Love” that are well worth returning to frequently and considering for an extended period of time. The pope himself writes in the introduction, “I do not recommend a rushed reading of the text,” suggesting instead that the greatest benefit comes “if each part is read patiently and carefully” (No. 7). With the document weighing in...

  • May 9, 2016

    In early April, a $160-billion deal between the pharma-ceutical giants Allergan and Pfizer fell apart when its tax advantages disappeared. Originally, Pfizer had planned the merger as a tax inversion—a maneuver that would have shifted Pfizer’s tax residency to Ireland, where Allergan is headquartered and subject to a 14 percent corporate tax rate instead of the 35 percent rate Pfizer faces in the United States. New Treasury Department rules, however, would...

  • May 9, 2016

    Among the signature moments of Reggie Jackson’s baseball career is one he would rather forget: a ninth-inning showdown in the 1978 World Series against the Dodgers’ reliever Bob Welch. The Yankee slugger had earned the nickname Mr. October for his World Series heroics against the Dodgers the year before, including one game where he hit three home runs on three consecutive pitches, and Welch was just a 21-year-old rookie who couldn’t throw much beyond...

  • May 9, 2016

    Given my vocational choice, it is perhaps unsurprising that one of my favorite movies depicts an activist priest in pitched battle with the forces of injustice. “On the Waterfront,” Elia Kazan’s 1954 masterpiece starring Marlon Brando and Karl Malden, is based in part on the life of John M. Corridan, a Jesuit priest who took on the mob-controlled labor unions on Manhattan’s West Side docks. The pivotal scene of the movie is when the priest, played by...

  • May 9, 2016

    In “The Joy of Love,” Pope Francis reminds readers that while new technologies can be a force for good, they can also place the most vulnerable at risk. “We cannot ignore the risks that these new forms of communication pose for children and adolescents,” Francis says, adding that technology “exposes them more easily to manipulation by those who would invade their private space with selfish interests” (No. 278). According to a study from the GSM Association...

  • May 9, 2016

    A proposed new bill to legalize physician-assisted suicide in Canada has drawn strong opposition from an impressive coalition of religious voices. Standing together at a press conference on April 19, Catholic, Jewish, evangelical and Muslim leaders registered their grave concern about the measure proposed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and made an admirable pledge: “Our churches, synagogues and mosques are committed to comfort and care for those who are...

  • May 9, 2016

    When Senator Bernie Sanders, during his New York debate with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, criticized Israel for its brutal waging of the war in Gaza in 2014, he called our attention to a moral issue politicians lately tend to avoid: the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    To punish Hamas for its rocket attacks, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge, consisting of aerial bombings and a ground invasion. The...

  • May 9, 2016

    Legislation and litigation regarding L.G.B.T.I. discrimination and the use of gender-specific public toilets reveals a deep societal divide and illustrates the need for reasoned use of political power. The most recent controversy arose after some localities passed antidiscrimination ordinances that allow people to use facilities based on gender self-identification. In response, states passed laws prohibiting L.G.B.T.I. discrimination claims and limiting the...

  • May 9, 2016

    Pope Francis visited a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos with two Orthodox Church leaders on April 16, not only to express solidarity with the 2,500 refugees there and 60,000 others in 40 camps across Greece but also to encourage the governments, the churches and the peoples of the European Union’s 28 member states to respond with greater solidarity to the biggest humanitarian crisis on the continent since World War II....

  • As the presidential race moves toward nomination of two historically unpopular candidates, two other campaigns are underway. President Obama is working to secure his legacy. Speaker Paul Ryan is trying to offer an alternative to the angry messages of Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz.

    I’ve seen these two campaigns in action. President Obama came to Georgetown for an unprecedented...