Resisting Throwaway Culture: How a Consistent Life Ethic can unite us

Ours is a “throwaway culture”, in the words of Pope Francis—one in which the vulnerable are too-often discarded like trash. It doesn’t have to be this way. In his book Resisting Throwaway Culture, Fordham University professor Charles Camosy calls us to transcend the left-right political divide in favour of a Catholic culture of hospitality and encounter where “no one is useless, no one is expendable… [and includes] those on the peripheries of life.”

In our conversation with Professor Camosy, we’ll discuss:

  • Our current state of toxic political polarization
  • How a Catholic social vision can transcend both the political left and right, and resist the forces tearing us apart
  • Pope Francis’ idea of a throwaway culture vs. a culture of encounter, and what it would be like to live in the latter How do we consistently apply a Catholic life ethic across a range of issues?
  • How can we live a culture of encounter in our ordinary lives as Christian citizens? What would the consequences be for our communities?


Charles C. Camosy is associate professor of theological and social ethics at Fordham University. His work on ethics and policy moves beyond stale and lazy arguments which artificially pit liberals and conservatives against each other. Instead, Camosy finds common ground by unpacking the real complexities of some of today’s most passionately debated issues.

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