Interviewing Camille Paglia

Camille Paglia

Thanks to her love for the Jesuits (her dad taught at LeMoyne College and she took a logic class there) and to a former Wabash College professor of mine, Camille Paglia was gracious enough to let me interview her for America last week.In our interview, "The Catholic Pagan," the punchy cultural critic shares her views on Pope Francis and academia. Professor Paglia also recalls the influence of her own Catholic upbringing and journey out of the Church to embrace paganism. "Italian Catholicism … [Read more...]

Now is the Time: Show me love

Penance by Sarah (Rosenau) Korf

Have you seen the Coca Cola commercial #MakeItHappy?That odd synthesized chorus in the background is “Show Me Love” by Hundred Waters.It’s an interesting lens to use today as everyone is putting up #AshTag selfies. On Ash Wednesday snap a photo of your ashes & tweet with #ashtag. You could receive this book!— USCCB (@USCCB) February 14, 2015 We are capable of great cruelty and ugliness. We are also capable of great love and for … [Read more...]

A Preferential Option for LGBTQ Persons?

rainbow francis quote

Ever since Vatican II we as a church have been unpacking what it means to have a preferential option for the poor and vulnerable. How might this option apply to people in the LGBTQ community?Pope Francis has made comments in recent years that indicate a loving, pastoral approach to LGBTQ persons in the church and in the world. God loves and approves of the human person without condition or exception. There are several factors that hinder this loving response and several elements of church te … [Read more...]

Radicalizing Reconciliation

Rembrandt, The Return of the Prodigal Son

The movie Romero had a profound effect on me. It's the true story of archbishop Oscar Romero, who was killed for speaking out against injustice in El Salvador. One scene in the film is based on a radio broadcast of Romero speaking at the funeral of his friend, who was assassinated by a government hit squad. Romero is devastated, unable to believe the senseless violence. Knowing that the funeral mass is being broadcast, Romero says he has a message for the people who killed his friend. "To you, … [Read more...]

The New Evangelization of FOCUS

Fr. John Lager, O.F.M. Cap. (FOCUS)

If you haven't heard of FOCUS yet, now might be a good time to find out.The Fellowship of Catholic University Students, in which recent college graduates commit to live and work on (mostly) secular college campuses for a few years, is now among the fastest-growing ministries of the New Evangelization among young people in U.S. Catholicism.Founded in 1998 by Catholic evangelist Curtis Martin and his wife, FOCUS partners with Newman Centers and Catholic campus ministries to share the … [Read more...]

The Harder Task: Talking About Abortion

What penance are these marchers doing? Photo: by Sam Sawyer, SJ

This evening, at our parish’s regular 5:30 pm Mass, I put on purple vestments, and we prayed for the defense of unborn life and in reparation for the sin of abortion.The occasion, of course, is the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision, which the U.S. Catholic bishops have designated as a day of prayer and penance.Praying for an end to abortion – and an end to the situations which make abortion appear to be the best or only option – seems obvious enough. But the “penance” part is less clear … [Read more...]