September 14, 2018

Nos autem gloriari oportet in cruce Domini nostri Jesu Christi, in quo est salus, vita, et resurrectio nostra, per quem salvati et liberati sumus. We should glory in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, in whom is our salvation, life and resurrection, through whom we are saved and delivered. –Entrance antiphon for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross Pope Francis’ preferential option for the peripheries has been reflected, among other things, in his choice of cardinals,… Read more

September 1, 2018

Hearing the eulogies of Senator John McCain given by former presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, my foremost thought was, “Oh yeah, this is what normal leaders sound like.” Naturally, I took exception to the exceptionalism in their speeches. When they each mentioned the dignity of all human beings, without exceptions and beyond borders [!], I heard the asterisks as clearly as their words. And still I thought, “Oh yeah, this is what it feels like to take exception… Read more

August 24, 2018

The awful extent of the Catholic Church’s abuse crisis hit home to me once a few years ago, when I found out that it affected a particular community I dearly love. I remember remarking to someone at that time, “It’s like the whole Church has a cancer, and it’s everywhere.” Now further revelations of how widespread and ugly this horrible cancer is have left the Body reeling. Like many of my fellow Catholics, I have felt sorrow, moral repugnancy, and… Read more

August 23, 2018

The following post was originally published by Rhonda Miska in Global Sisters Report. This article comes from written reports and interviews with men and women religious on the ground in Nicaragua. For their safety, their names have been changed and their religious communities and ministries are not identified.  Last year, another former Jesuit Volunteer and I planned a return trip to Nicaragua. We dreamed of visiting former colleagues, seeing schoolchildren now all grown up, eating gallo pinto and quesillo, and watching the sunset… Read more

August 20, 2018

Resolved:  it is immoral to hold onto great wealth, and a Christian is obligated to give away wealth in excess of a prudential amount required for comfort and safety. From time to time here at Vox Nova, we have quoted various Fathers of the Church on the sinfulness of holding wealth.  But recently I found an article by a secular progressive who makes much the same argument in what I think is a very compelling fashion.  He does so from… Read more

August 18, 2018

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a messy person. I distinctly remember being a second grader – my desk, in which we students stored our textbooks and folders, was comparatively more disorderly than that of all my fellow classmates. The same was true in sixth grade, when we graduated to lockers. In high school I lazily used one notebook for several subjects. In college and afterwards I often struggled to negotiate living standards with roommates who believed… Read more

August 13, 2018

  This week I’ve been back home recuperating from a particularly overwhelming conference season packed into the past couple of months: two events at which I tabled for Consistent Life, two I attended out of my own personal interests, and a regional weekend workshop that happened to be on my way back home. All of these events drew very different crowds, and within each one I had the paradoxical feeling of being both at home and somewhat out of place, in… Read more

July 27, 2018

In this post I want to continue my episodic narrative of how I came to my views on a consistent life ethic.  You can read part I here.   Also,  I want to apologize in advance if you are writing comments and are not seeing them or I do not respond quickly.  I am on the road and do not have regular access to a computer, and I do not have my list of passwords with me. War, peace and non-violence… Read more

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