April 25, 2019

In short, the “crisis” or “scandal” in the Roman Catholic Church (and other religious organizations and communities) is nothing more than an institution and its leaders being forced to confront its past—and present—because we, the victims, have had to deal with our pain, for ourselves and those who couldn’t.  Read more

April 19, 2019

While the original look and “feel” of the Notre Dame’s spire cannot be replicated, and artworks and artifacts lost in the blaze cannot be replaced, at least most of the cathedral’s grandeur can be saved and/or restored.  The same cannot be said for the trust and faith many people had in their priests and church as long as the likes of Benedict offer up explanations for the real crisis in his church that are no more credible for than the ones the American President offers for the Trumped-up “crisis at the border.” Read more

April 11, 2019

While the legislation is unlikely to pass, given extensive resistance – including from some pro-life groups – this should stand as a warning to all pro-lifers who actually care about the well-being of the women whose bodies are situated at the center of this debate. Read more

April 7, 2019

Here’s a piece of advice as I remove all of you from my life – you are going to accuse me of putting politics over friendships. I’m not. I’m putting me over a toxic friendship. I’m done letting you color my interactions with the Eucharist. Read more

April 5, 2019

The Gospel is clear about Jesus’ call to reject violence. We are admonished to love our enemy,to  turn the other cheek. Non-violence is essential to the hagiographies of the martyrs from the early church until today. Read more

March 31, 2019

Dante’s image may seem over-the-top, but when I look at the ferocity with which my fellow citizens of the United States reject a common good that would not only benefit others, but be literally life-saving for themselves, I can’t help but think I’m seeing another ring of the Inferno. Read more

March 26, 2019

any school that defrauds its workers of their just wages, does not count as authentically Catholic, even if it happens to call itself that. Read more

March 25, 2019

We need to get over thinking in terms of religious wars and conquest, get over thinking about the practitioners of a different faith tradition as our enemies. We can join hands across many different dividing lines, and in so doing, gain the strength and resources we all need to combat violent extremism within our own communities and faith traditions.  Read more

March 23, 2019

This was when I began to see the phenomenon of “bad local.” The kind of local that means “us first” or “others, keep out.” This kind of local doesn’t care where the seeds came from or who developed them; the important thing is, now they’re here, and they’re ours. It’s a fortress mentality, and every outsider is perceived as laying siege. Read more

March 17, 2019

THAT was the part of that story that shocked you?…That was the news worthy part of that story to you? That’s what you took away from that? What the blazes is WRONG with you people?! Read more

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