An Update On The Death Threat Situation

If you’re just joining us, here is the post describing Daniella’s situation. Thank you to all of my readers who offered their prayers and empathy to Daniella after my post two days ago. We both appreciate your response, especially in the light of how many of our fellow Catholics we have seen remaining silent in the face of racism and violence lately. I want to tell everyone that Mr. Lippert had at least two facebook accounts, both of which have been... Read more

A Statement From Christian Ethicists Without Borders On White Supremacy and Racism

The group “Christian Ethicists Without Borders” has released a statement condemning the recent terrorist attack in Charlottesville and all racism and White Supremacy movements. It has been signed by ethicists from many Christian denominations, including many notable Catholics. I’m not a professional ethicist, but I do heartily endorse every word of this statement. Here is an excerpt: White supremacy and racism deny the dignity of each human being revealed through the Incarnation. The evil of white supremacy and racism must... Read more

A “Catholic Evangelizer” Is Sending My Friend Death Threats (Updated)

I am pretty upset about something right now. My friend Daniella is a wonderful woman. She’s a courageous survivor of domestic violence, a fellow Catholic, a mom of seven, a nurse, a very compassionate woman, invariably there with a snarky remark to cheer me up when things go wrong. Daniella is African-American. She is mixed-race and some people presume she’s white, but she’s not. I’ve occasionally seen white Catholics talk over her, as if her experience of actually being a... Read more

A Reader Asks: Is There Such A Thing As African-American Culture?

  Responding to my post last night on how there’s no such thing as a single, unified “White European Culture,” an alert reader has asked me: “Does African American culture exist? What about Native American culture? Who get’s [sic] to decide what identities are valid?” The implication seems to be that, since white Americans came here from a myriad of diverse cultures and aren’t all the same thing, wouldn’t it be fair to say that black Americans from myriad African nations... Read more

There Is No Such Thing As White European Culture

Perhaps, by now, you have heard the sad, sad story Peter Cvjetanovic, who was photographed carrying a tiki torch at the white supremacist riot in Charlottesville over the weekend. Cvjetanovic is horrified that we’ve mistaken him for some kind of “angry racist.”  He says he wasn’t stalking around a White Supremacist rally with a torch at night to be a racist. “I came to this march for the message that white European culture has a right to be here just like every other culture,” he... Read more

An Eyewitness Account of the Charlottesville Attack

  My friend was a witness to yesterday’s white supremacist rally and terrorist attack in Virginia. They wish to remain anonymous. –M. P.    The white supremacists threw stones, bottles of piss, smoke bombs, clubs, fists. A white woman paced the street, hand on her hip, shouting “Where are the police?” She expected police to save her from white supremacists. People of color know better. The armored and armed police, who arrived shortly, did not stop them. Instead, the police... Read more

The White Supremacist Tiki Brigade: On the Stupidity of Evil

There is nothing funny about the white supremacists demonstrating in Virginia. Nothing whatsoever. Except that I couldn’t help but crack a small smile when I saw the photos of last night: angry young men with neat, well-groomed and moussed haircuts, mostly in button-downs or polo shirts. These are not down-and-out country folk whipped into a frenzied mob; they’re not hardscrabble sons of the soil with no healthy outlet for their rage. Whatever narrative we’ve been told about why young white men are so angry,... Read more

They Seemed Like Mountains

      It’s odd, sometimes, how little things bring a series of memories back. Rose wanted to hear stories of when I was a little girl, before she would go to sleep. I usually don’t know what to tell her. I want her to form her own conclusions, and not take my word for anything. I told something benign. “I had a boy cousin, a little older than me. We used to play together, when we traveled to West Virginia... Read more

Confessions at Nagasaki

  They were hearing confessions after Mass in Urakami Tenshudo, the cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. It was getting very close to the Feast of the Assumption, so confessions were well-attended; there were thirty people there, and two clerics. Their cathedral was a large one– Urakami Tenshudo was the largest Christian building in the Asia-Pacific region, at the time. It was just twenty years old. They had built it on the site where they were once persecuted; they used to be... Read more

Fire and Fury, Says the Bellicose Brat

  Today, the darling of the pro-life movement, TV’s Donald J. Trump, just brought us one big step closer to nuclear war. It has just been reported that the president promised retaliation against North Korea in the most shocking terms imaginable today, and I’ll let the New York Times give you the details: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Mr. Trump told reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. “They will be met... Read more