Author: Emily Reimer-Barry

#WhyIMarch: The Women’s March on Washington and the Invitation to Rise Up

  The Women’s March on Washington is expecting over 200,000 participants in Washington, D.C.. this Saturday, January 21st with almost 300 sister marches in cities across the country. I will be joining the Women’s March in downtown San Diego, California, rain or shine. Here’s why. First, because tomorrow Donald Trump will become my country’s President, and I can’t just stay home on Saturday morning when women in my community are gathering to protest his dehumanizing rhetoric. Now, more than ever, I need to stand in solidarity with my sisters. The Women’s March platform affirms: We believe Gender Justice is...

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King’s Legacy and the Work We Still Must Do

On September 24, 2015, when Pope Francis addressed the United States Congress, he referenced the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., describing him as a role model for the politicians and citizens listening to the address. The pope’s remarks highlight the role of the common good in policy deliberations, the importance of hope, and the place of faith in U.S. public discourse. Politics is, instead, an expression of our compelling need to live as one, in order to build as one the greatest common good: that of a community which sacrifices particular interests in order to share,...

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Harry Potter’s Guide to Resisting Evil

I love reading novels. Sure, sometimes it is because I crave a bit of escapism. But it is also because I enjoy thinking about the human condition, immersing myself in stories, and because I take pleasure in good writing. As a moral theologian, I recognize also that fiction has a way of shaping our moral imaginations. One of the ways I coped with the U.S. presidential election was to reread the seven-part Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As one of the candidates was mocking...

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Understanding the Catholic Vote: White and Hispanic Catholics in 2016

This is a guest post by Dr. Maureen Day, Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at the Franciscan School of Theology in Oceanside, California. Dr. Day is a graduate of the Graduate Theological Union and teaches courses in moral theology and pastoral ministry at the Franciscan School of Theology. Her research focuses on American Catholic civic engagement. She can be reached by email at   In “Making Sense of the Numbers,” Beth Haile posted several questions as she looked over the Pew Research Center’s data on the recent election. Here I am going to discuss her final question, to...

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“Baby It’s Rapey Inside” — Consent and Holiday Songs

The Christmas season is all about traditions: Advent wreaths, decorations for the tree, nativity scenes, children’s angel costumes, and family recipes passed down from one generation to another. Some of us hold fast to holiday traditions because they make us feel safe and secure. While the world changes around us, at least Grandma’s egg and sausage casserole tastes the same. I feel nostalgic myself as I unwrap my mother’s porcelain nativity scene and when I hang the “baby’s first Christmas” ornament for each member of our family (even though the ones from 1970 and 1978 need tape to stay...

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