About Paddy Gilger, SJ

Paddy Gilger is a pastor and teacher of sociology and philosophy at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. He's happy to talk at anytime except when the NBA is on. He lives in hope of the Milwaukee Brewers being known for something other than the sausage races.

Breaking the Internet; My Heart

 I have spent more time than I care to admit - by which I mean any time at all - looking at this photograph of Kim Kardashian and feeling annoyed. It took me a few moments of that time to figure out why, but here it is: I felt annoyed because I felt controlled, manipulated. And I didn’t like it. … [Read more...]

Remembering Archbishop Oscar Romero at 97

Today, in addition to being the Feast of the Assumption, would have been martyred Archbishop Oscar Romero's 97th birthday. It's been a big eighteen months (or so) for Romero news. In April of last year his path to sainthood was unblocked, and although there hasn't been any movement thus far, when Pope Francis met with the bishops of El Salvador in May of this year he reportedly "assured the bishops of El Salvador that the sainthood cause of slain Archbishop Oscar Romero was proceeding … [Read more...]

Our Transfiguration, and His

Jesus took Peter, James, and his brother, John,  and led them up a high mountain by themselves. And he was transfigured before them;  his face shone like the sun  and his clothes became white as light. And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, conversing with him. - Mt 17:1-3  I write, on a gray-skied working Wednesday, of what the Greek-Catholic Dominican priest Jean Corbon called "the historical and literary center of the Gospel," the transfiguration of Christ. It's Fr. Co … [Read more...]

Becoming Peter, on Betrayal and Faith

In an aptly-sad, darkly-hopeful, meditation of an essay over at On Faith, Tim O'Brien confesses his sympathy for Judas. “Yes, that Judas," he writes, "Judas Iscariot. The betrayer. The Lost One. The bad guy who rivals only Satan in the collective Christian imagination."Confession made he turns quickly to the main question: just what is the difference between Judas and Peter?He’s right to ask. These Holy Week readings place precisely that question - and a number of others as well - right i … [Read more...]

What Martyrdom Means

Editor's Note: A Jesuit, Fr. Frans van de Lugt, S.J., was martyred in Syria one week ago. In an effort to understand what happened and what it means Paddy Gilger, S.J. wrote the following for America Magazine. The beginning of that article is excerpted here. Fr. Frans van de Lugt, S.J.—who on April 7 was shot in the head, twice, in front of his home in the city of Homs, Syria—had been living under siege for twenty months when, in January, he recorded a video message challenging the o … [Read more...]

Loving Your Enemies: Finding Mercy for Fred Phelps

Most of us are by now aware that Fred Phelps, Sr. has died. In his role as pastor of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church Mr. Phelps has been widely vilified, and his death even eagerly anticipated. Over at TJP's main site, and in light of Mr. Phelps death, Jason Welle asks how deep our call to love our enemies runs. Many people would like to see Fred Phelps, Sr. dead.More, they’d like him to suffer while he dies. He, along with Westboro Baptist Church that he founded, has caused real hurt a … [Read more...]