A journal of academic theology

David E. DeCosse

Conscience, Catholicism, and Politics

Reviewing the literature on conscience, Catholicism, and politics, especially from the last ten years, the author argues that there are two views of conscience emerging: the ecclesial view and the personalist view. The author also discusses the significance of historical context for the development of theological thought about conscience in relation to politics.

The Danish Cartoons Reconsidered: Catholic Social Teaching and the Contemporary Challenge of Free Speech

The Danish cartoon controversy was extremely problematic for Muslims. But the publication of the cartoons also raised profound normative questions about speech for the Catholic Church as well. This article addresses the cartoon controversy in light of the Catholic social teaching’s tradition on speech. In particular, the article addresses the issues of offensive speech; the

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