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Literature and the moral question
Literature and the moral question

Over the weekend, the National Catholic Reporter reported on a literary award to be administered by America Magazine, in conjunction with Yale University’s St. Thomas More Chapel: the George V. Hunt, SJ Prize for Excellence in Journalism, Arts and Letters, which will bestow $25,000 on a writer “of sound moral character and reputation [who] must not have published works that are manifestly atheistically or morally offensive.” Submissions close March 31. Hunt was a Jesuit priest and longtime editor of America, which calls itself “the National Catholic Review.” This explains the focus on morality, I suppose, but still I have to wonder: What are the...

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