June 11, 2019

Press Release In 1988, while gang life in Los Angeles ran rampant, a Jesuit priest named Father Gregory Boyle—Father Greg, Father G, G-dog, G, Pops, and Dad, as he is affectionately called—bicycled through East Los Angeles, attempting to convince gang members to leave their former lives behind. Where others saw common criminals, Father Boyle saw individuals who were bereft of any hope or vision for a better life. This inspired him to create Homeboy Industries, a safe haven where gang… Read more

May 20, 2019

by guest writer Andrew Reising States around the country have been passing some truly restrictive abortion laws, seemingly for the purpose of having those laws challenged, in the hopes of overturning Roe v. Wade in the Supreme Court. But in Alabama’s new law, there are provisions that make many conservative pro-lifers feel like they have gone too far. Not only are the penalties laid out in the law extreme (something it shares with Georgia’s new law), but it contains no… Read more

May 15, 2019

by guest writer Alex Erickson Anyone who has followed Donald Trump’s rhetoric since he entered the presidential race in 2016 knows he loves hyperbole and his recent comments calling all abortions “executions” are no exception. Whatever the instance, Trump’s rhetoric does presumably what he wants it to do: stir up conversation. This is certainly the case with Theresa Brown’s latest article for CNN, where she sets out to “explore the misapprehensions” that Trump’s statement is based on. Unfortunately for her,… Read more

March 3, 2019

by guest writer Elizabeth Zeigler   Today, on her feast day, I revel in a little-known fact about St. Katharine Drexel. Her name is commonplace on hospitals, schools, churches, missions, and college campuses. Her work for and reach to the most marginalized was undoubtedly tremendous. She was the embodiment of a missionary disciple. Hers was a life lived at the peripheries – despite, or perhaps because of, her family’s wealth – to meet and be with those most in need…. Read more

December 18, 2018

By guest writer Angela Himsel Every woman I know, including me, can legitimately say: “Me, Too.” But maybe the most famous of the “Me, Too” women couldn’t come forward and admit that she’d been sexually harassed or touched against her will. Instead, men wrote her narrative. They decided she wasn’t a victim of non-consensual sex; rather, she had been chosen for the most important job ever: to carry in her womb the Savior of mankind. And how could Mary say… Read more

October 21, 2018

  By guest writer William M. Shea Now I bring in “knowing and knowledge” to bump up against believing and beliefs.  I know both sin and suffering for I have done them both, but what shall I believe about them?  Common usage of the terms knowing and believing amount to this:  what you know you don’t need to believe; what you believe you don’t yet know.  Simple, no?  Add to this the fact that each of us knows very little… Read more

October 15, 2018

By guest writer William M. Shea The problem of belief and knowledge is not a mere “academic concern.”  In fact the issue has been of paramount importance to me since I was a child. I can’t say now that is still unresolved for me because it has been resolved in good part for well over a decade. For fifty years, from the age of ten,  the question of belief affected my self-understanding as a Catholic and a Christian, my religious… Read more

September 3, 2018

By Rebecca Bratten Weiss This column, The Font, was initiated by former Patheos Catholic channel manager Elizabeth Scalia, as a sort of “agora” where diverse viewpoints from our eclectic group of columnists and guest contributors might be aired.  Later it was resurrected by my predecessor, Sam Rocha, who was responsible for recruiting me as a writer for Patheos, as part of his commitment to maintaining a broad cross-section of Catholic thought. In his article explaining the purpose both of this… Read more

August 1, 2017

We need you. We really need you. We’re young Catholic feminist women, and we’re lost. Read more

July 21, 2017

Were it not for the 2016 presidential election, I would have thought “alt-right” was a computer keyboard command.  Thanks to the current political climate, I have become acquainted with a group, an ideology, a way of viewing the world that send chills down my spine. The term “alt-right” was coined in 2008 by Richard Spencer, a white nationalist, who achieved media prominence after Trump was elected when he held a national conference during which he claimed that Trump’s presidency created… Read more

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