December 6, 2019

The history of women advancing salvation history in both the Old and the New Testaments is a history of unruliness, not submission. The model with which Mary of Nazareth presents us is one of daring autonomy, a woman claiming a direct line to God instead of deferring to a man as God’s representative. Read more

November 27, 2019

For those who have not believed me, who have openly mocked me, called me a liar, and even questioned my very salvation, you taught me to stand strong in my truth and find courage and strength I did not know that I had.  For that, I am grateful. Read more

November 25, 2019

The conversation about student loan forgiveness has come around again, and once again we are being regaled with laments about how unfair it is, to those who already paid their debts, should other people be released from another twenty or thirty years of Sysiphean labors.  I am at a loss to understand why another person’s good fortune should embitter one’s own success, but this is apparently a thing. Resentment of the rich by the poor makes sense to me, especially… Read more

November 24, 2019

For Christians, especially, who invented the term “family values”: if we genuinely believe in protecting families, in creating a culture that promotes the essential dignity of family life, we need to be serious about extending this consideration to all families. We need to start to be consistent, instead of privileging some families and erasing others. The refugee parents who are trying to find a better life for their families and children are fulfilling their moral responsibility as parents – and if we oppose them rather than help them, we are, I believe, complicit in serious evil. Read more

November 17, 2019

In the past, repeatedly, experts on ecology have issued dire warnings regarding the effects of pollution and pesticides. That Rust Belt cities are livable at all today is a testimony to the importance of taking these warnings seriously. Yet the irony, of course, is that when we pay attention and do something to avert the crisis, and the crisis doesn’t come, there will always be those who say there was never any crisis in the first place. Read more

November 11, 2019

No, the kink in the clerical moral life is not celibacy, and of this I am reasonably certain. For celibacy does not make pedophiles and ephebophiles, though those sorts may be attracted to it since celibacy does in fact mean that a man doesn’t have to deal seriously with an adult woman. Read more

November 5, 2019

Ask yourself, would you want most of today’s bishops and priests having some oversight over the government and legal and political process? We’re talking men who can’t even protect the children in their care and who oversaw decades of child rape while turning a blind eye. Additionally, the typical bishop tends to make any government bureaucrat look stunningly competent.  Read more

November 4, 2019

It is notable that while the Church has often been on the forefront in issues of justice, economics, and social responsibility, it has regularly failed as an arbiter of genuinely person-centered, Gospel-based sexual ethics, and has certainly failed as a protector of those at the mercy of predators. Read more

October 29, 2019

Are women made in the image of Christ or not? If not, has the whole Catholic teaching tradition been wrong and is Genesis 1 wrong? If so, is Inter Insigniores wrong? And finally, what do men at Mass see when they look at a woman, if they find it difficult to see the image of Christ in her? Read more

October 27, 2019

But what I am seeing right now is a movement in Catholicism to make it a quasi-European cult of authority, militarism, sexual repression, and patriarchy. The reactions to the Amazonian Synod, culminating with the theft and desecration of two sacred images presented to the pope by indigenous Catholics, make it clear that there is a significant faction that wants the church to be more like a social club for little wannabe Emperor Octavians: us only, no foreigners, rule of law, obsessiveness over purity. Read more

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