July 19, 2019

With all this hype surrounding the Benedict Option, I decided to find out more about St. Benedict’s actual choice to start living a monastic life in a cave at Subiaco. Mind you, I’m already somewhat familiar with Benedictinism: I work at a high school run by Benedictine monks. Having spent time with the monks at prayer and reading The Rule, I feel like I’ve gotten a sense of what Benedict was really about. Nevertheless, I was curious to know out… Read more

July 16, 2019

I was inspired after reading Chris Arnade’s piece on “Back Row America” in First Things to reflect on the distinct styles of devotion among different socioeconomic and ethnic lines. Arnade writes that Like most in the front row, I am used to thinking we have all the answers. On Wall Street, there were few problems we couldn’t solve with enough smarts, energy, audacity, or money. We even managed to push death into the distance; with enough research and enough resources—eating right,… Read more

July 8, 2019

“Christmas was the only time I could be myself…with all the fun colors and the robes,” laments Damon (Ryan Jamal Swain), in the third episode of FX’s hit show Pose. “I played Melchior in the church nativity play and my mom took me to buy this big gold fabric that I would wear in the show. My dad, when I came out of my bedroom to show him [he strikes a pose], he laughed. I mean…any other day, and he… Read more

June 30, 2019

The Church of Saint Francis of Assisi in midtown Manhattan will hold a “Pre-Pride Mass” on Saturday, the eve on New York City’s pride parade. This year’s celebrant will be Fr. James Martin, S.J. The parish website advertises the Mass as part of their “United In Love” celebration of “inclusion and prayer.” Even though “identifying as Catholic and gay or lesbian and can sometimes be a challenge,” the website continues, “we accept you #AsYouAre….Decorations will festoon our beautiful church and… Read more

June 28, 2019

This past week, I couldn’t walk two feet in Manhattan without noticing another rainbow themed ad or store front. It’s Pride Month, and Corporate America is determined to prove its moral virtuousness. Either that or they’re willing to do whatever it takes to make a buck.  (more…) Read more

June 19, 2019

Whenever I broach the topic of death with my mother, she never fails to remind me that my funeral will take place in a Greek Orthodox Church. She never fully came around to accepting my conversion to Catholicism. My friend John’s funeral made me look at the tension between ecclesial bodies in a new light. John also found himself caught between the divide of the Christian East and West. Though he, like myself, chose to enter into full communion with… Read more

June 13, 2019

I find this whole Drag Queen Story Hour debacle to be such a drag…to say the least. The very idea of a drag queen reading books to children in public libraries goes against the whole logic of the art of drag. (more…) Read more

June 11, 2019

So this just happened. And I couldn’t be more relieved. Now, before you alert the authorities of my transgression against the PC purity code, allow me to explain myself. When I was at least three years old, I remember going through the drive through at McDonalds with my dad. “Can I get a happy meal?” “For a boy or girl?” “Boy…but he wants the girl toy.” “Ummm…ok. $4.99, drive around to the window” [muffled comments, giggles]. For as long as… Read more

June 4, 2019

“Why is it that women are more suited to the con than men?” “Because no man can believe that a woman is smarter than he is.” A poorly written rom-com was the last place I would think to find an apology for difference feminism. With poststructural feminism rapidly pervading pop culture, I usually expect these types of movies to portray strong female leads who, liberated from socially constructed norms, embody a supposedly gender neutral image of the happy, liberated woman…. Read more

March 24, 2019

Several of my students came into my classroom last Friday to ask me if I saw the livestream of the massacres in New Zealand. My immediate reaction was that of shock, “are you crazy? Why would I ever want to watch that?” I took it for granted that anyone who watched that would be repulsed and horrified. The many students who watched it (before most major social media sites took it down) described is “crazy” and “insane,” while others described… Read more

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