August 25, 2018

Shit. Read more

August 25, 2018

I know these people. Read more

August 25, 2018

Sorry, be back in two or three days, I’m hooked. Read more

August 25, 2018

I liked it. Read more

August 24, 2018

Over the past week or so, I’ve been trying to work through what I think of the recent abuse crisis in the Latin Church. I did so because I have a blog, and what one does on such platforms is to work through one’s own thinking. The objective is to muddle through to clarity. I am flattered that some people called my ramblings ‘articles.’ Articles have coherence, even a modicum of authority. Blog posts are still in a state of process. They are… Read more

August 20, 2018

An Eastern Catholic writing colleague of mine wrote after my post last week on the Pennsylvania grand jury report on the Latin Church that it is our problem too. He attached what I think is the closest thing we have to an omnibus of news articles from the Survival Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) on the crimes of Fr John Danilak and its cover up by the Byzantine Catholic Bishop Andrew Pataki in the Eparchy of Passaic, as… Read more

August 17, 2018

The fresh wounds wrought by the newest revelations of sex abuse in the Latin Church have prompted a lot of soul-searching among many who call themselves Catholic, and despite my Eastern Catholicism, I find myself doing the same. An interesting bit of commentary on the crisis revolves around gay priests, who are said to be organized (pace the Catholic sociologist Andrew Greeley’s immortal phrase) as a lavender mafia. I have no reason to doubt that there are such cabals that exist. The… Read more

August 16, 2018

As I read the grand jury report from Pennsylvania on the sex crimes of priests in the Latin Church and the cover-up perpetrated by their hierarchy, I had several moments of reflection about why I was so fascinated by the affair. Perhaps it was, I thought, that so many of my colleagues in the Catholic intellectual world have been commenting about it, and for many of them (as well as for the Orthodox, it seems, as one commentator made clear… Read more

August 15, 2018

The Orthodox theologian John Panteleimon Manoussakis has a fascinating passage in his first book God After Metaphysics where he performs a brilliant reading of a moment in Dionysius’s Divine Names: As you know, once we and many of our holy brethren, as well as James, the brother of God, and Peter, the highest and eldest summit of the theologians, were gathered together to view the God-receiving and life-giving body. At that time it was determined to have all the hierarchs offer hymns to the unlimited power… Read more

August 14, 2018

If there is anything I’ve learned since becoming Eastern Catholic, it is that the Holy Spirit seems to care deeply about my intellectual life. As I’ve continued to struggle in crafting a way forward as a geographer freshly re-committed to the postsecular between religious studies and Asian American studies, I’ve stumbled on a way of framing research in the academy that sounds like a fad, but has such deep moral commitments that I have been nervous about writing it off…. Read more

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