Is “All Are Welcome” Enough?

In an article a couple of weeks ago entitled “This I Believe: Created in God’s Image,” a Jesuit brother of mine, Damian Torres-Botello, affirmed the dignity of all LGBTQ men and women.  He also expressed his solidarity with them as a gay man, a man who fully accepts that he is gay and has been created [Read More…]

Jesus and the Whip of Cords

In the Gospel for this Sunday in John 2:14-16, we read about Jesus making a whip out of cords.  None of the other Gospels mention a whip.  Only in John does Jesus seem to lose control and start swinging at people and animals. This passage has been used to justify many forms of violence in [Read More…]

Why the Incarnation Matters for Our Pets (and Subatomic Particles)

We all know now that Pope Francis didn’t say that our pets are going to Heaven.  What he said was: Sacred Scripture teaches us that the fulfillment of this marvelous plan cannot but involve everything that surrounds us and came from the heart and mind of God. But that doesn’t answer the question for us [Read More…]

“The Truth Eventually Wins Out”

These were the words of Michael Hayden when he gave the commencement address at Franciscan University of Steubenville in 2012.  I wrote a little something on this issue over here.  A preview: When granting the honorary degree to Hayden, Fr. Terence Henry explained that, “This year’s commencement speakers have distinguished themselves by defending our shores, protecting [Read More…]

A Layman’s (sic) Reflection on the Richness of Homosexual Relationality

There’s a reason that my title is so unwieldy.  It has to do with the fact that I’m trying to parse out several things from the standpoint of a non-professional on these matters.  When it comes down to it, I know very little about same-sex attraction, whether psychologically, biologically, or sociologically.  What I do have [Read More…]

Thank You

I couldn’t help but feel that this passage from the Office of Readings this morning by St. Asterius of Amasea was perfect for the anniversary of Pope Francis’ election: “Let us then be shepherds like the Lord… When one of them was separated from the flock and lost its way, that shepherd did not remain [Read More…]

Michael O’Brien on Dystopian Literature

I recently conducted an interview with Michael O’Brien at The Jesuit Post in which he commented on the current state of dystopian literature.  He observed: In short, authority in any form is presented as tragically flawed, and the solution presented is individualism combined with physical powers and, increasingly, distorted supernatural or preternatural powers. We all [Read More…]

Pope Francis and Gay Priests?

It would probably come as a surprise to few to find out that there are many gay Jesuits.  And so when the Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders came out in November of 2005, it [Read More…]

Are Jesuits Too Worldly?

Many Jesuits these days have found themselves challenged and made slightly uncomfortable by the lifestyle of Pope Francis.  I feel free to mention this fact because it includes myself.  His practice as cardinal of not going out to eat at expensive restaurants but only soup kitchens is a challenge not only to any university president [Read More…]

Washing the Dead Body Of Christ

A couple of weeks ago, as I arrived at Gift of Love hospice where I go to volunteer each Saturday, I noticed that an ambulance was there.  I walked inside and asked what was going on.  Apparently a man who was being brought to Gift of Love, I’ll call him Martin, had died in transit.  [Read More…]