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Cinderella and the Moral Imagination

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Current Events | 5 comments

Warning: Spoilers My daughter was still in utero when I vowed that she would never see a princess movie. I found the genre replete with...

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Eurocentrism and the Religion of Christ

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

The following is an excerpt from a 1910 article published in the New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia: Note: This is still the entry for...

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Millennials Don’t Judge…Except When they Do (Or, How Not to Ask Abortion Poll Questions)

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Current Events | 2 comments

The headline from the Religion News Service story was “Millennials are the ‘Don’t Judge Generation’ On Sexual...

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Is This the Face of Religious Liberty?

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Current Events | 3 comments

In a move that seems both almost incomprehensible, and yet somehow perhaps not surprising in our political climate, Indiana Governor Mike...

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3 Bad Arguments in “The Death of Catholic Universities in America”

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Current Events | 4 comments

There are a number of stunningly bad arguments in Dominic Lynch’s “The Death of Catholic Universities in America.” I limit my focus here...

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Mary’s Free Consent: Implications for Sexual Ethics

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Current Events, Marriage and Family | 2 comments

There has been a lot of discussion lately about sexual consent, and for good reason. We live in a hypersexualized culture in which...

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What Korean American Catholic Theologians are Doing

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

The Korean American Catholic (KAC) Forum began in March 2014 as part of a 3 year process in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the...

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Turkson’s Three Directions for Catholic Ecology

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

Cardinal Peter Turkson recently gave a lecture in Ireland that, as Michael Peppard expertly summarizes, offers a preview of the...

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The Anti-Baptism, the Penance, and Forgiveness Online…

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

It’s a story that’s been making its way around Facebook, Twitter and other social media: the story of the San...

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Unsentimental

Posted by on Mar 17, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

We live in a public discourse awash in emotional manipulation. For whatever cause – commercial, charitable, political – we are subjected...

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The Missouri Catholic Conference, Capital Punishment, Brain Injury, and the Imminent Execution of Cecil Clayton

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Bioethics, Life and Death, Current Events | 0 comments

This past week’s issue of the St. Louis Review, the newspaper for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, included an editorial,...

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The Particularity of Salvation- 4th Sunday of Lent

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23 Psalm 137:1-2, 3, 4-5, 6 Ephesians 2:4-10 John 3:14-21 Lent is an appropriate time to reflect on salvation,...

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Sex, Love, Marriage, and Making Babies

Posted by on Mar 9, 2015 in Current Events, From the Field | 0 comments

On October 8, 2013, Pope Francis announced an Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops to take place the following year. The...

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Catholic Voices Unite Against the Death Penalty

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Current Events | 1 comment

On Thursday, four diverse Catholic publications – America, National Catholic Reporter, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday...

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Moral Lessons Learned While Not Driving

Posted by on Mar 5, 2015 in Current Events | 2 comments

My husband and I moved to Austin, TX a half a year ago for him to complete a one-year residency as a hospital chaplain. We are a one-car...

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Marketing our Children for Money

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Current Events | 1 comment

Most of us are probably aware of some of the more blatant and visible ways that companies market TO our children. Christian youth pastors...

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Open Letter to Gov. Nathan Deal Regarding Kelly Gissendaner from a Catholic Theologian

Posted by on Mar 1, 2015 in Bioethics, Life and Death, Current Events | 2 comments

Dear Governor Deal (and Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles)*: As ​a ​Catholic ​moral ​theologian ​ (and a former corrections officer and...

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How (Not) to Have Arguments Among Catholics

Posted by on Feb 28, 2015 in Current Events | 1 comment

A recent exchange between Robert Mickens and George Weigel provides an illustration of much that is wrong with our middle-brow...

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The Seven Deadly Comforts

Posted by on Feb 27, 2015 in Current Events, From the Field | 0 comments

Throughout history the so-called seven “deadly” or “capital” sins have been enumerated in different ways. Aquinas preferred to speak of...

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Four Ways to Avoid Targeting Teachers

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Current Events | 2 comments

Archbishop Cordileone of San Francisco has created quite the stir with his recent policy that Catholic high school teachers in his diocese...

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