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Larycia Hawkins & Wheaton Parts Ways; A Catholic University Should Hire Her

There are plenty of good reasons for Catholic universities to hire Professor Larycia Hawkins who parted ways with Wheaton a couple of days ago.Yesterday, somewhere between Tacoma and Seattle, I heard on the radio that Wheaton College parted ways with political science professor Larycia Hawkins. I assumed the young no-longer-tenured professor  from the "Harvard of the evangelical schools" is now back on the unpredictable academic job market.  The stumbling block between the scholar and the C … [Read More...]

Keith Allison Follow Cam Newton Quarterback Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers in a game against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium on September 28, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland.

Why Cam Newton Matters

Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer (Psalm 4:1). Cam Newton led his team to a 15-1 record this year. He beat my beloved Seahawks (barely) earlier in the playoffs. I am therefore obligated to sing his praises ahead of tomorrow's Superbowl against Peyton Manning (who's already received his fair share of love from Patheos Catholic writers).What makes Cam exceptional is his story of perseverance … [Read More...]

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Culprit Behind Breasts Ballooning is Breaking Creation’s Back

I can't even begin to explain the algorithms that got me to the DailyMail story on the scientific study of involutnary breast augmentation. I couldn't resist the story, because it is of theological interest.In his book on the doctrinal implications of human evolution Karl Rahner said the following about the relationship between theology and current events: For we observe, of course, even today, that the real decisions of a man can occur very implicitly in a global commitment, in a … [Read More...]

The pope's book gives a thumbs up to confession, shame, and shattered hearts. (Source: Flickr; Author: The Republic of Korea; Title: 2014 Pastoral Visit of Pope Francis to Korea; CC by 2.0)

Ask God to Shatter Your Heart

 The Name of God is Mercy is a deceptively simple read. After all, how much can be compressed into a novella-length interview? A lot, it turns out. The pope's book reads like a much bigger book than 100 pages. The expansiveness comes from the pope's extensive use of anecdote.Personal experience touches upon infinity, because we are made in the image and likeness of God. Therefore, an anecdote, an existentially significant chunk of someone's life, reads big. Pope Francis's an … [Read More...]

(Piotr Stachiewicz, Our Lady of the Thunder Candle Cycle, 1893; Source: Wiki Commons, PD-Old-100)

Happy Feast of Our Lady of Thunder Candles!

February 2nd is the feast of Our Lady of Thunder Candles (Matki Gromnicznej). That's correct. Let it sink in.There are many lesser known feasts like this one, even if they are not recognized universally. This one comes from Poland.Most Western Christians rightly associate today with the Feast of the Presentation. It marks the end of the 40 days of Christmas. This is the day you should take down your Christmas tree and decorations.The liturgical calendar is so multi-layered in its … [Read More...]

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Forget the Iowa Caucus, Focus on Hidalgo: Donaldo Trumpez Wants to Make Mexico Great Again!

Donaldo Trumpez promises to build a wall to keep Americans out.He says he's tired of seeing the following abused: Mexican law, illicit drugs, alcohol, women, and good taste (SEE VIDEO BELOW).Can you really blame the Mexicans for wanting to keep the Yankees out?It seems the pope will politically (Jesuitically?) resist Trumpez's proposed policies by crossing the Mexican border into the United States later this month.The Curia claims it will be a show of solidarity with the … [Read More...]

(Source: Flickr; Author: Jason Lam;  12 Plaza Mexico Dona Zita Pork Torta; CC by 2.0)

Sam Rocha’s Love Letter From a Sandwich

At a local deli I fell in love with a sandwich. This was a normal sandwich, panini-pressed, with a love letter inside.Here are the dijon-stained contents of that letter: My poor dear,Make me a sandwich! I am not hungry for food. I only want to become a layered delicacy. Make me flat and full, but not too full, with the light touch of your dull knife.I know we are mortals, but I want to be bitten and chewed, washed down with coke or other acidic drink. This is no allegory; I want to … [Read More...]

Majestic Blanchard Hall on the Wheaton Campus (Source: Flickr; Author: DiscoverDuPage, CC by 2.0).

Wheaton Professor Claims White Privilege & Sexism Are Behind Larycia Hawkins Controversy

Once in a while you run across something that truly amazes you and leaves you speechless. Sometimes you read about something that embodies the kind of courage we admire in theory, but rarely embody in practice.What Professor Michael Mangis said today about the Larycia Hawkins controversy at Wheaton College is one of those things. I cannot imagine a professor at a secular university sticking their neck out in defense of their colleague like Professor Mangis did today. It is a great testament … [Read More...]

(Eyer Crowe, Slaves Waiting for Sale - Richmond, Virginia, 1861; Source: Wikimedia Commons, PD-Old-100)

What’s History’s Most Unjust “Just War” Justification?

The concept of "Just War" originates in the writings of St. Augustine. He was perhaps the first Christian theologian to argue for active Christian participation in the military. The three centuries of theologians who came before him were highly skeptical about Christian participation in armed conflict. Some soldiers had to undergo extended penance (as in several months or even years) before they could enter back into full communion with the Church. This was fairly standard.There was always … [Read More...]

This reliquary contains 1st class relics of St. Kateri (Source: GoFundMe Campaign, used by permission of anonymous owner, all rights reserved).

St. Kateri Relic Rescue: The Most Catholic GoFundMe Campaign Ever

Catholic "materialism" causes strange conundrums and very interesting GoFundMe campaigns.For example, the Catholic cult of the saints sometimes gives rise to causes such as this one:Rare St #Kateri reliquary found at liquidation sale! Donate to rescue b4 lost to the world. https://t.co/NUFA6P5uyWpic.twitter.com/MCAwPv6cWf — Saint Kateri Center (@SaintKateriCtr) January 23, 2016The Saint Kateri Tekakwitha Conservation Center's GoFundMe campaign looks legitimate and earnest: Help us … [Read More...]


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