April 7, 2016

An article from Crisis, entitled “The Misguided Compassion of Social Justice Catholics,” by Dana R. Casey, was making the rounds on the internet recently, and I tried not to read it, because I knew it would not make me happy. But, because I am an intellectual masochist, and because educated Catholics were sharing it, I did the thing, and clicked the link, and regretted it. I will probably regret responding to it also. I meant to write a piece on… Read more

April 6, 2016

Perhaps God does indeed work mysteriously through the turmoil of history, but the divinely comedic flowering of good from evil doesn’t lessen our responsibility for evil. It should just make us more humble. Read more

April 3, 2016

Training in sexual responsibility should not draw lines around most of humanity and signal with an arrow that “this alone is safe to see.” It should involve training in seeing the other not as an object, but as a subject herself Read more

April 1, 2016

we see the resurrected Christ make his appearance first to a woman, Mary Magdalene, and how different it is from the encounters of women with gods in other stories Read more

March 31, 2016

The most effective way of ending abortion, I believe, lies in working tirelessly to end those causes that drive women to seek abortions: rape, domestic violence, poverty, inadequate medical care, environmental pollution, lack of parental leave, punitive measures on pregnant women and nursing mothers, the lack of an adequate social safety net. And, curiously, it seems that most pro-choice persons are also interested in ending these things. Read more

March 30, 2016

Breastfeeding is a moral issue, yes, but the moral responsibility lies with the society that tells women they must breastfeed, and then makes it impossible for them to do so. Read more

March 28, 2016

In the “Dear Padre” piece on the back of our church bulletin this past Easter Sunday, Fr. Matthew Bonk, CSsR responds to the question “Why aren’t heaven’s gates open to all humanity? If God loves everyone, why aren’t all of us saved.” I realize it may shock you that someone reads church bulletins. I used to read course syllabi, too, in my student days. But once you’ve digested this improbable truth, note the problem with the question: that it takes for… Read more

March 28, 2016

During this Easter season, I implore my fellow Christians to extend hands in friendship to Muslims in our communities – geographic or virtual – who are, often, living in fear due to escalating Islamophobia. Let’s remember to lay the blame for violence not on “Muslims” but on the actual groups guilty of doing the deeds. Even if this whole Christian pacifist thing sounds too hippie dippy to suit your fancy, remember: this may be our only hope to subdue the rising surge of extremist violence, so it is, unlike martyrdom, rather practical. Read more

March 26, 2016

“Dreamt that my little baby came to life again; that it had only been cold, and that we rubbed it before the fire, and it lived. Awake and find no baby. I think about the little thing all day. Not in good spirits.” This Mary Shelley wrote in her journal, a few weeks after the death of her premature daughter. A year later, in her novel Frankenstein, she would present the literary world with a very different spectacle of the… Read more

March 25, 2016

This nothingness, this emptiness, is sometimes worse than the passion of grief or the melancholy of mourning. It is a kind of erasure, all meaning lost, a blank beige wall looming up against the sky. God is dead. Perhaps there never was a God. Perhaps nothing ever happened, ever, and there has only been this deadness, this emptiness, the blank beige wall. Maybe four blank beige walls. Maybe you are trapped. Read more

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