“Truth enlightens man’s intelligence and shapes his freedom.”

—Pope St. John Paul II, Veritatis Splendor

The Veritas Center for Ethics in Public Life exists to bring faithful Catholic scholarly reflection to bear on the most pressing ethical questions in contemporary culture—questions of marriage and sexuality, war and peace, life and death, as well as economic and social justice.

Through research, writing, and academic conferences, the Veritas Center seeks to combat what Pope Benedict XVI described as “the dictatorship of relativism,” promoting the natural moral law, illuminated by the light of faith, in order to defend both human freedom and dignity in the public square.

Krason: “A Crisis of Both Justice and Civic Friendship”

Even though the Mueller report seemed to bring an end to the long investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign for something that is not even a federal crime—collusion—the left can’t seem to let it go. Even though they expressed full confidence in Mueller as the investigation went on, they suddenly began to question his credibility after the report seemed to exonerate the campaign and President Trump from wrongdoing.

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Hendershott: “The Politics of Envy”

As progressive politicians rediscover that envy can be a path to power, they are trying to outdo each other in their promises to punish those they have defined as the “super-rich.” Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) has proposed a “wealth tax” on those with over $50 million in assets.

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Hendershott: “Anti-Semitism Growing on America’s Campuses”

As Anti-Semitism continues to grow unchecked on colleges campuses, and within a small cohort currently serving in the United States Congress, Belgium offers a glimpse into a frightening future for us if the hateful rhetoric is allowed to escalate. During the same week that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) complained about undue Jewish influence in this country and the Jewish “allegiance to a foreign country,” a Carnival parade in the city of Aalst, Belgium on March 3rd, featured anti-Semitic floats with vicious caricatures of stereotypically Jewish figures.

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Hendershott: “The Contradictions of Mayor Pete Buttigieg”

Moving from political obscurity as the gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, to the media’s flavor-of-the-month Democratic presidential candidate, Mayor Pete Buttigieg announced last week that his campaign has raised over $7 million since launching his exploratory committee in January. “Mayor Pete,” as he has asked his constituents to call him, is the first of the 2020 Democratic presidential candidates to reveal his fundraising total since the first quarter ended on March 31.

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Krason: “The Proper Response to the College Admissions Scandal”

The college admissions scandal that hit the news a few weeks ago has generated shock, much commentary, and many calling for the heads of the rich and prominent who tried to get special treatment for their offspring. We need, however, to take a sober look at the legal response to this and what the scandal tells us about the state of American higher education.

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Hendershott: “NY’s progressive politicians prepare the battlefield for assisted suicide”

Emboldened after their victory in passing what Cardinal Dolan has called “ghoulish” legislation aimed at the death of inconvenient pre-born children, New York State’s progressive politicians have already begun their well-funded war on the elderly, the disabled, and the terminally ill as the suicide advocacy group, Compassion & Choices, plans to kick off its 2019 “Medical Aid in Dying Act” campaign this month.

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Krason: “The Exhumation of the Equal Rights Amendment”

Some readers may have noticed the campaign in some states to “ratify” a constitutional amendment proposal that people thought had died almost forty years ago. Remember the Equal Rights Amendment, which was a major feminist rallying point in the 1970s? Proposed by Congress in 1972, after the idea had been kicked around for fifty years, it quickly sailed through state legislatures and seemed destined for an easy ratification.

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Hendershott: “What is behind the increase in ‘witches’ in the US?”

As the number of self-identified witches in the United States has surpassed the number of Presbyterians, it is helpful to recall G.K. Chesterton’s adage that when we stop believing in God, we begin to believe in anything. A recent Pew Research Center survey found that about 0.4 percent of Americans identify themselves as Pagan or Wiccan, a significant increase over previous years.

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Krason: “A Coming Mobocracy?”

Various commentators, mostly from the conservative side but also a few sober-minded liberals, are expressing concern that a mob mentality—coming especially from the political left—is taking hold in America.

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Hendershott: “Azusa Pacific U Changes its Policy on Same-Sex Relationships– and Then Changes Back”

Claiming that the “culture of heteronormativity” at Azusa Pacific University has created “chaos, confusion, and dissonance” for the university’s LGBT community, Erin Green, a recent APU graduate, was determined to change that culture. Co-executive director of Brave Commons, a national organization that aims to remove barriers to full inclusion for LGBT students at Christian universities, Green has spent more than a year in negotiations with administrators at APU to eliminate the traditional Christian university’s policy banning romantic relationships among same-sex students.

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Wiker: “Beware These 3 Lavender Mafias Outside The Church”

Yes, you read that correctly. Lavender Mafias—the plural. The coercive network of homosexualization that has gained so much power within the Catholic Church hierarchy is just one of a number. To understand more fully the current crisis in the Church, we need to be aware of them all, since they all work together toward a homosexualization of the culture.

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Hendershott: “Feminists Blame the Victim in an Explosive Sexual Assault Case”

The Title IX world turned upside down when Avital Ronell, a “world renowned” lesbian New York University professor, was “found responsible” for ongoing physical and verbal sexual harassment of Nimrod Reitman, her male graduate student. Reitman, who identifies as gay and is now married to a man, claims that Ronell, age 66, refused to work with him unless he allowed her to kiss and grope him repeatedly, and sleep with him.

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Lee: “Death Penalty: A Genuine and Important Development of Catholic Teaching”

Pope Francis has directed that the teaching of the universal Catholic Catechism be revised on capital punishment. Previously it indicated that capital punishment was not in principle morally wrong, yet unnecessary in the vast majority of cases.

Now the Catechism will teach that the death penalty is “inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.”

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Hendershott: “The Catholic Roots of the New Socialism”

In a primary defeat that the New York Times has called “the most significant loss for a Democratic incumbent in more than a decade,” ten-term Representative Joseph Crowley of New York was defeated in a Queens and Bronx district that is majority-minority by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old Latina.

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