Compromised Hierarchy Needs Relational Wisdom of Women
This article (National Catholic Reporter, 28 May 2010, print and online) names the infrastructure of patriarchal values (e.g., that the violation of a child does not have as much weight as the progress of a man's career) behind the Catholic Church's international sex-abuse scandal, suggests that an examination of conscience is in order, and advocates a spiritual program of renewal involving all members of the Church to move beyond dominance-and-submission as the model of interaction by honoring the relational wisdom of women.
A Living Memorial
This op-ed piece (San Francisco Chronicle, 8 October 2001) was written three weeks after the 9-11 attacks. It notes the gravitas and "deep sense of grounding that seemed to slow time," which was experienced by many Americans during the first week after the attacks. CS urged not turning away from that deep grounding for superficial quick fixes, such as President Bush's announcement that expanding "free trade" would solve our problems internationally.
How Gore Lost the Green Vote
This op-ed piece (San Francisco Chronicle, 19 November 2000) identified the puzzling decision Al Gore and his campaign staff made that caused them to fail to pick up needed Green votes in the final two weeks of the 2000 campaign: they decided not to make public concessions to to the Green Party platform (which would not have required any deal with Nader). This is what liberal parties in many countries do when it's clear that they cannot win without the votes of Greens or other minority parties: they publicly promise to take several policy actions advocated by the Greens that are not in the liberal party's platform.