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Sleeping with dogs

Look, the Pope gets to make the rules—it’s his club and he gets to decide who plays and who doesn’t. The Vatican does not claim to be democratic. That being said, all decisions rest on him, and him alone, and cannot be blamed on “the will of the people”. The buck really does stop with…

Change we can believe in?

I’m one of those wacky idealists for whom January 20th was a great day. But with those high hopes, I have some fairly high expectations of our new president, one of the first of which is to repeal the Church Amendment, an HHS directive allowing health care providers to abandon proper ethics without consequence. I’ve…

Ethical implications of death by prayer

Nearly a year ago, a young girl was killed by her parents. She was dying of diabetic ketoacidosis, and her parents provided only prayer. They weren’t living on some compound under the thrall of some cult leader. They weren’t living in a third-world country far from modern medical care. They were living in the middle…

Accomodation or contortion?

Remember those pesky conscience laws the Bush administration is trying to ram into our collective orifaces on their way out the door? No? Let me remind you. You see, the theocrats who are on their way out on Tuesday want to step up enforcement of the so-called Church Amendment, which protect health care providers (defined…