To Resist or Rise Above?

I find myself in a disorienting dilemma. Everything about Donald Trump repels me – to the point that, quite frankly, I can’t even bring myself to legitimize his presidency by referring to him by the title, a feeling reinforced every time a bratty, self-absorbed tweet is reported as news.  During his improbable campaign, I vacillated [Read More…]

Godwin’s Law Overturned on Appeal

Godwin’s Law is, in the words of Wikipedia, …an Internet adage which asserts that ‘As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Hitler approaches 1’—that is, if an online discussion (regardless of topic or scope) goes on long enough, sooner or later someone will compare someone or something to Hitler. …there [Read More…]

Polarization in the U.S. Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal

Vox Nova is pleased to welcome the following guest post by reader Mike McG. Sean Cardinal O’Malley calls polarization “a cancer on the church.” How is the current degree of polarization within American Catholicism working for you? Well, it is not working for me. In fact, I find it quite disheartening. Yet I have often [Read More…]

Toward a Balanced Assessment of the Recent CDF Kerfuffle

We’ve all heard about it by now: the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has done it again, issuing a hotly contested critique of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious in the United States.  Hopefully, we’ve all cooled down enough after the initial explosion to begin a more nuanced discussion of the matter (although [Read More…]

Quote of the day: Gustavo Esteva

At the end of the First Intercontinental Encounter in the Selva Lacandona, the Zapatistas said at one point, “We are not here to change the world, something that is very difficult, next to impossible. We are here to create a whole new world.” This looks very idealistic, romantic, not real, not pragmatic. Thinking time again [Read More…]

The treason of being Christlike

Two blog posts by different authors on the same blog on the same day. Both are about boundaries between human beings. The first is a predictable glorification of imperial boundary-making. The author enthusiastically passes along yet another artifact from u.s. american civil religion, this time a hymn to that personification of the nation-state, Uncle Sam. [Read More…]

Howard Zinn (1922-2010)

Many of us are thankful tonight for the full, radical life of historian/activist Howard Zinn who passed away today from a heart attack. Check out the well-done obits from the AP and the Boston Globe. If there is anything recognizably good or hopeful in u.s. american history, Zinn pointed to it. Thank you, St. Howard! [Read more…]

Feminist theologian Mary Daly dies

Another theologian in Catholic circles passes away this week, this time the controversial feminist theologian Mary Daly who taught at Boston College for 33 years. I received the following message from Daly’s colleague Mary Hunt via a bulletin from Feminist Studies in Religion: With a heavy heart, yet grateful beyond words for her life and [Read More…]

Are you pro-life? Resist or subvert Thanksgiving.

I don’t go so far as to think that the only good Indians are dead Indians, but I believe nine out of ten are, and I shouldn’t like to inquire too closely into the case of the tenth. – Theodore Roosevelt [W]e shall destroy all of them. – Thomas Jefferson, referring to Native peoples How [Read More…]