Matthew McCullough argues that the Spanish-American War signaled a crucial turning point in American self-understanding and self-justification.
January is a month that signifies new beginnings, new resolutions. There is an individual as well as collective effervescence of renewal. Catholics enjoyed a similar period of renewal, of collective reimagining, in the aftermath of World War II.
When Pope Francis thinks of climate change, he thinks of social justice. In his 2013 inaugural homily as pope, Francis implored “all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political, and social life” to “be ‘protectors’ of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.” Speaking at an Italian university a year later, Francis announced, “This is our sin, exploiting the Earth and not allowing her to give us what she has within her.” In 2015, Vatican-watchers expect Francis to produce an encyclical that situates climate change within the framework of Catholic social teaching. Francis’s position on the injustices of climate change is not new to the Roman Catholic Church.
Every method of killing can become a form of torture for the person being executed—and a means of moral injury to the executioner.
Flannery O’Connor never wrote just for herself, God, and an elite group of peers. She was eager for an audience with ears to hear about grace.