April 30, 2021

[This was originally published at Ethika Politika on 17 January 2019. At the moment, the link at EP isn’t live, and I wanted to provide a live link for another piece I’m writing. It is being reprinted with permission.] Students years ago heard me complain how imprecise it was to translate the Fifth Commandment as “Thou shalt not kill.” As a moral theologian, I would note that “kill” is too generic, lacking specification by a moral object. It should be… Read more

April 2, 2021

If we have eyes to see and ears to hear, is the maternity of Jesus not evident from the story of Good Friday? Read more

December 20, 2020

Is there such a thing is a kingdom without end? Would we even want such a thing? The kingdom of David and his heirs certainly came to an end, and a nasty, fratricidal one at that. So what are we to make of Nathan’s prophecy in the first reading for this final Sunday of Advent? The angelic message in the Gospel reading from Luke draws a direct connection to the birth of Jesus as the fulfillment of this prophecy. The… Read more

December 13, 2020

In a world full of suffering, violence, slavery, and death… A new day is about to dawn. Read more

December 8, 2020

In Marian apparitions such as Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Lourdes, the radiant woman speaks as one having authority and power. Read more

November 29, 2020

The Old Testament promises of salvation for those who admit their guilt may be offered as a carrot, while the Gospel reading may be deployed as a stick, warning listeners about the peril of hellfire for those who suddenly meet their end without being sacramentally “prepared.” But is this a fair reading of these passages? Read more

November 27, 2020

Imagine a church directed from the bottom up, and where the voices of clergy didn’t outweigh the voices of laity. Would the saying “we are the Church” ring true for you then? Read more

March 22, 2020

It was so easy for me. After several years of constantly wrestling with the question, “what is required to truly be part of the Body of Christ?” it was simply handed to me. Read more

December 18, 2019

The Spirit breathed something wondrous: a girl with the perfect knowledge of good and evil that had eluded Eve. She experienced every other limitation of the human condition, but she would not accept the attribution of shame to her limitations. And that simple rejection of external shame would make all the difference. Read more

December 11, 2019

“Dogma is like Sandy Dog – it doesn’t change,” I told my 11-year-old trying to remember the difference between Church dogma and discipline for a Religion test. Read more

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