November 20, 2018

 The church has no built-in system of checks and balances.  Currently, there is no standard protocol in place for a lay person seeking justice or trying to affect change.  I cannot represent myself (or obtain representation) to officially air a grievance or voice a complaint.  I cannot work towards any kind of meaningful reform, within the existing framework. Read more

November 17, 2018

While the conservative imagination claims to love and uphold the past, typically it twists history to suit its own fantasies, and reads texts anachronistically Read more

November 16, 2018

They are not presented as subjects, as women with interiority and a story. They are presented only for the male gaze. They tell us nothing much about women, but quite a lot about what a certain type of man thinks about women.  Read more

November 14, 2018

Recently Catholic News Agency published an article about the potential cause for canonization of Sr. Thea Bowman, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, and the first Black woman ever to address a bishops’ conference. Sr. Thea was a prophetic voice for racial justice, so it was fitting that the tagline for the article was a quotation of hers: “black is beautiful!” “Don’t read the comments” is a mental-health mantra for any writer who publishes online, but sometimes it’s worth risking… Read more

November 14, 2018

  by guest writer MJ Lisbeth When you go to France, people expect you to complain about the French.  On the other hand, if you go to Italy, they expect you to rave about it. Well, I confound both expectations.  I have been to France several times, and lived there.  Yes, there are rude and arrogant French people, particularly in Paris.  But I live in New York, so I am rarely put off by other people’s attitudes.   And I have… Read more

November 9, 2018

One of the strangest comments I saw, after the tragic mass shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue, was from someone deploring the “incivility” of it all. I can think of a number of tags I might use to designate such a horrific, hate-filled, and nihilistic attack on the Jewish people – but “incivility” would not be anywhere on that list. I might complain about incivility if someone flipped me off for going the speed limit, or pushed past me in… Read more

November 7, 2018

We’re not privileging women’s voices. We’re simply asking for equal consideration with those who already enjoy the privilege of being believed, of taking center stage in every story. Read more

November 4, 2018

It makes me aware of how totalitarian regimes succeed. Not because people are evil, but because they’re just so nice, so respectable, so unwilling to make a scene and confront reality Read more

November 3, 2018

You got into this because of this weird obsession you have with seeking the truth, no matter how uncomfortable it may make you – or make others. Read more

November 1, 2018

No matter what the political agenda, we should be wary about making easy comparisons to the Holocaust – or Shoah – to achieve our ends. The Shoah is a unique horror in our collective history, a hideous existential question to which there can be no satisfactory answer. But to make the comparison in order to oppose gun legislation intended to protect victims is especially offensive. Read more

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