June 5, 2019

by guest writer Sean O’Conaill That Jesus called people to ‘follow me’ in the Gospel is indisputable, but was he calling some to a primary role of ‘ministry’ and others to be merely receivers of that ministry – a secondary role? All of the mainstream Christian churches are organised on that pattern – but what Gospel passages could be used to justify such an understanding? Aimed at promoting vocations to the ‘priesthood or religious life’, a recent pastoral letter by the… Read more

May 26, 2019

Once again, Pope Francis has compared having an abortion to “hiring a hitman.” As reported in CBS News: Pope Francis on Saturday said abortion can never be condoned, even when the fetus is gravely sick or malformed. He is urging doctors and priests to support families to carry such pregnancies to term. During an audience with participants of a Vatican-sponsored anti-abortion conference, Francis said opposition to abortion isn’t a religious issue but a human one: “Is it licit to throw… Read more

May 26, 2019

This might seem cynical to people brought up on feel-good romances, the inheritors of our parents’ “all you need is love” generation, but A Song of Ice and Fire is reorienting us to an ancient idea we ought not to have abandoned: the recognition that eros can be destructive as well as salvific Read more

May 20, 2019

I fervently pray that you had no idea the way your words would sound. I pray you didn’t see the victims all around you who inferred they had failed to die, in defense, though many of us felt it was a fate worse than death.  Read more

May 16, 2019

What if we let the jury remain out on difficult metaphysical questions about personhood, and instead focused on working for a truly pro-woman, pro-child society?  Read more

May 10, 2019

Pope Francis’ announcement, a few days ago, that the results of the commission to study the history of the female diaconate were “inconclusive,” was disappointing to many, myself included, yet I was not surprised. For one thing, I’m not sure he’s ready to provoke additional controversy. We’ve already got the scandal of institutional abuse and cover-ups – a scandal with which none of the church’s clerical leaders, however well-meaning, seem competent to deal, and which is probably far more sweeping… Read more

May 8, 2019

Coming in from planting sweet corn today, I glanced down at my dirty calloused hands with the jagged nails and torn cuticles, and immediately remembered that scene in Gone With the Wind, when Scarlett tries to trick Rhett into lending her money, but her work-worn hands give away the true desperation of her situation. My first thought was, “damn, I’d be screwed if I needed to convince anyone I was an idle lady.” My second thought was, “damn that scene… Read more

May 4, 2019

SPOILERS OF COURSE I’ve been a fan of George R.R. Martin’s monumental epic, A Song of Ice And Fire, for years now, so after a number of people I trusted told me the show version, Game of Thrones, was just as good, I started watching that, too, and quickly caught up with the seasons. While some alterations made by the showrunners were problematic – for instance, they made several sex scenes rapey, which had not been so in the book… Read more

April 27, 2019

The policies advanced by leaders such as Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, while broadly labeled “socialist” by both their proponents and opponents, are really simply the policies that work to make most developed nations happy, healthy, and functional. Read more

April 25, 2019

 This is the deep difference between Gray and myself: for me, for us Christians,  the Mystery is in fact in history though it remains mysterious.  That Speaking continues in the church’s proclamation, has not withdrawn itself from history but is a dialogue rather than a monologue,  primarily in community  but as  well as in the ecstasy of a solitary mystic.  Read more

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