September 11, 2019

Why is it so important for them to keep us silent? What do they have to lose, should we women find our voices? Read more

September 8, 2019

it grieves me to write this letter at the dawn of the 21st century. This letter feels more at home in the 13th century, when Pope Innocent IV was forced to declare Jews innocent of using Christian blood for ritual purposes. That this letter needs to be written in 2019 is a sad commentary on our times. Read more

September 7, 2019

I’m saying that the Catholic church needs to rethink the institutions it has relied on, repair them or replace them.  Those institutions historically have clearly failed the church, and not only in the abuse of children. Read more

August 26, 2019

Please understand: those of you who are white, non-Jewish, not presently targets of white supremacist hatred may think that you can turn away from all this…because, well, you can. We can not. Nor can we avoid making certain comparisons with history Read more

August 18, 2019

So here’s what I have to say, ultimately, to the Twitter trad-bros who are trying to shame working mothers with lies about Church teaching: we do not care what you guys think. Read more

August 13, 2019

This is not a culture in which the radical left, or even a moderate left, has won. In the universities, in the arts, and in some branches of politics, a centrist left is pushing back against a far-right movement that bears too many similarities with other far-right movements that have caused such horror in our recent past. Those of us who oppose this movement, even from a conservative or moderate perspective, are being labeled radicals.  Read more

August 9, 2019

This is the seventh in the “Reform” series by guest writer William M. Shea Answers to serious questions, especially political ones, tend to multiply and to develop and change over time. I began a spectrum slide from William Buckley-Barry Goldwater small-government Republican politics some sixty years ago and have landed in the past few years in the mystery called democratic socialism. I wish I could say that I slid on the basis of pure knowledge but I admit to my… Read more

August 4, 2019

If you, as a gun owner, are opposing proposed legislation that would ensure greater public safety given the lethality of the tools you possess, you are proving yourself a person unfit for gun ownership. Read more

August 2, 2019

The hierarchism and clericalism that characterize the Roman Catholic Church ( and other Christian churches! ) are not matters of the positive will of God nor the command of Jesus, and have done enough damage to the church historically to lead reasonably to the conclusion that they are blocks to the life of Christian communities under their thrall. They should be eliminated, and the social shape of the Catholic communities restructured Read more

July 29, 2019

Hold your own child or grandchild close for a moment and imagine how you would feel if she was separated from you and left to fend for herself in a freezing concrete cell (referred to as “iceboxes” by the migrants we met) without blankets, showers, clean clothes, nutritious food, and comfort Read more

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