Blessed are the Poor

So do we give the homeless person begging for some spare change? Yes. Will that person use it to buy food? Maybe not. [Read more…]

Everyone Calm Down and Read

Yes, Pope Francis’ highly anticipated post-synodal exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, was released on Friday.  As has become the norm, news outlets and social media have been buzzing with reactions, pre-reactions, reactions to the reactions, and on and on.  All these are fed through the speaker’s preferred narrative and thus vary depending, to name the most sweeping divides, [Read More…]

The Thomas Aquinas Rules of Online Etiquette

It started with a picnic in a park. I got involved in a brief discussion with a few acquaintances about the well-known vice of internet trolling.  What surprised me most was hearing about some sort of anti-sexism campaign that had reportedly geo-located certain people making offensive Facebook comments, then purchased billboard ads quoting those people directly [Read More…]

Casting Wider Nets of Compassion

“I think that when people turn on their TVs and see this footage, they’ll say, ‘Oh my God, that’s horrible,’ and then they’ll go back to eating their dinners.” – The character of Jack Daglish (played by Joaquín Phoenix) in Hotel Rwanda (directed by Terry George, 2004) No [person] is an island, entire of itself; [Read More…]

Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time: The Widow’s Mite

To the readers of Vox Nova:  I have not been posting much lately, as you may have noticed.  One excuse is that I have been busy with my new job, which is proving to be much more time consuming that I had thought it would be.  And I ask your prayers:  being a chairman is [Read More…]

My People: The Gubbio Project

A few weeks ago I wrote a post about the Cathedral in San Francisco using water spray to keep homeless people from sleeping in the doorways of the Church at night.   The archdiocese took a lot of grief over this—in my opinion, well-deserved—and eventually turned them off. Now I have come across a story (H/T [Read More…]

Firing Teachers at a Catholic School

It seems to crop up in the news with regularity:  “Teacher fired from St. X Catholic school because….”  It could be because the teacher is openly gay, or has entered into a gay marriage, or had in vitro fertilization, or is an unmarried mother, or (in a particularly depressing case) was the victim of domestic [Read More…]