Washington bishops: ‘We are called to care for the environment’

Working to promote greater care for the environment, the Catholic bishops of Washington state have released a statement on “Catholic Principles and Environmental Policy.” Released on October 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of the environment, the statement draws upon teaching from Blessed Pope Paul VI to St. John Paul II to Pope Francis.

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Top Vatican official congratulates Trump, offers prayers

VATICAN CITY - Congratulating Donald Trump for his victory in the U.S. presidential election, the Vatican secretary of state expressed hope that people would work together "to change the global situation, which is a situation of serious laceration, serious conflict."

The trolley problem and the presidential election

There is a thought experiment in moral philosophy, made famous by Philippa Foot, called the trolley problem. Imagine you are the driver of a runaway trolley that you can steer but not stop. Up ahead, the track forks in two.

Voting and 'non-negotiable' issues

In 2002, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith issued a "Doctrinal note on some questions regarding the participation of Catholics in political life." The letter was signed by the congregation's prefect, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who in 2007 became Pope Benedict XVI.

Recovering America’s moral tradition

Speaking at a memorial service for the five Dallas police officers killed by a gunman in retaliation for police shootings of blacks, President Obama rightly stressed the need for Americans to come together around shared values arising from “a common humanity and a shared dignity.”

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