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Three Thoughts on Nones and Numbers

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Current Events | 2 comments

PRRI released a new report yesterday on America’s “nones” and how the ones who have left are probably not going to come...

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Tombs of the Prophets

Posted by on Sep 21, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture opens on September 24th.   The exhibit moves “chronologically...

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26th Sunday of Ordinary Time: False Magic

Posted by on Sep 20, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

Amos 6:1a, 4-7, 1 Tim 6:11-16, Luke 16:19-31 Some biblical passages (like last week’s Gospel of the dishonest steward) are hard to figure...

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Newly Discovered Importance of “the Gut” Throws Even More Shade on Brain-Reductionist Moral Anthropologies

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

The position that “you are your brain” was already in serious trouble given what we have learned in the last two decades about...

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Fossil Fuel Privilege

Posted by on Sep 16, 2016 in Current Events | 4 comments

Over at dotcommonweal the other day, I commented on a study that showed how little people are willing to pay to get a cleaner energy...

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Don’t Be Alarmed: Kaine Claims Church Church Could Change on Gay Marriage

Posted by on Sep 13, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate Tim Kaine gave the recent keynote address at the national dinner for the Human Rights Campaign, an...

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Suicide Prevention and the Catholic Moral Tradition

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

. September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. Organizations such as the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), whose motto for...

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Voter Guides and the Call to Pay Attention

Posted by on Sep 9, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

With 59 days until the U.S. Presidential Election, voters still have time to research the candidate’s positions and discern in...

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Jacobs’ Lament: Can Christians Be Public Intellectuals?

Posted by on Sep 8, 2016 in Current Events | 1 comment

Charlie’s post from yesterday raises a larger fundamental question about the place of Christian thought in public discourse. It directed...

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More Fallout from the Weakness of Theological Bioethics

Posted by on Sep 7, 2016 in Current Events | 1 comment

I’ve written several pieces on the trouble in which theological bioethics finds itself. Its marginalization from mainstream...

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Twenty-Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

EX 32:7-11, 13-14 PS 51:3-4, 12-13, 17, 19 1 TM 1:12-17 LK 15:1-32 My husband and I recently became obsessed with the Amazon show Mozart...

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Labor Day Confessions of a Working Mom

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016 in Current Events, Economics, Marriage and Family, Popular Culture, Women and Gender | 1 comment

I confess to almighty God and to you, my brothers and sisters, that I have greatly sinned, in my thoughts and in my words, in what I have...

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Mother Teresa and Virtue

Posted by on Sep 5, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

On Sunday, Mother Teresa was canonized. The one time I saw her in action confirmed my belief that she was a saint.  To tell this story...

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Why Catholics Should Boycott Kraft-Heinz Devour Frozen Foods

Posted by on Sep 4, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

I have come to expect that Super Bowl advertising will push the envelope. With that many million viewers, ad agencies can’t resist...

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Trigger Warnings and Catholic Identity

Posted by on Sep 2, 2016 in Current Events | 4 comments

As freshman were arriving at the University of Chicago, they were met by a letter from the Dean of Students that stated, Our commitment to...

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Seeing the Faces of the Undocumented

Posted by on Sep 1, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

The magazine Mother Jones recently reported that there is strong evidence that for years, Trump Model Management has employed foreign...

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A Problem for Mark Zuckerberg and Pope Francis

Posted by on Aug 31, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

The Catholic News Service reports that Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, met with the pope on Monday, “continuing his...

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American Discontent and Catholic Economics

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in Current Events | 1 comment

Americans have long been pretty discontented about the direction of the country. In my lifetime, only two periods – the mid to late 1980’s...

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Working Groups Begin Dialogue in Preparation for Diocesan Synod on the Family in San Diego

Posted by on Aug 21, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

On May 9, 2016, Bishop Robert McElroy announced plans for a diocesan synod on marriage and family life in San Diego in October. Today the...

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The Catholic Moral Tradition and Pence’s Needle Exchange Program

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Current Events | 3 comments

The New York Times has recently drawn attention to Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s decision to initiate a needle-exchange program in the...

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