Rebecca Bratten Weiss is a journalist and independent academic residing in rural Ohio.

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After Dobbs, what should Catholics think about bodily autonomy?

It is widely recognized among conservative and progressive Catholics that the right to life is genuine, and not contingent upon legislative rulings. But there seems to be less of a consensus about the right to bodily autonomy.

Book Review

Jonathan Franzen's 'Crossroads' captures the authenticity of flawed, personal religion

Is Jonathan Franzen's Crossroads a story about selling your soul, about salvation or damnation? Not exactly. But it is a story about people for whom questions of salvation and damnation are of utmost importance.


Overturning Roe would not be a pro-life win

I do not believe that overturning Roe v. Wade is truly a win for life. Nor do I believe that the Republican politicians or anti-abortion activists cheering on this potential decision are really serious about saving lives.

'Nightmare Alley' explores the terrifying human power of self-deception

"You don't fool people, Stan. They fool themselves," a con artist is warned in the Oscar-nominated "Nightmare Alley." Directed by Guillermo del Toro, it is based on the 1946 novel by William Lindsay Gresham.