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Complementarity and Cable News

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Current Events | 2 comments

I sometimes play a game that involves flipping channels back and forth between Fox News and MSNBC at ten minute intervals. Doing so is...

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Culture, “News” and the Unmentionable

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

What is unmentionable in a society tells you a lot about the moral character of a society. During the Second World War, British...

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Strong Pro-Choicers Falter, but so do Personhood Measures: the Abortion Politics of 2014 and Beyond

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Current Events | 1 comment

Like many things associated with abortion, last nights results were complicated.  Two seemingly contradictory things happened: 1.  Strong...

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From the Parish: Reflections on the Synod from a Parish Priest

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Current Events | 1 comment

The following is a guest post from Fr. Satish Joseph, PhD. He offers this further reflection on the Synod, with a particular intriguing...

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Are Catholics Saved?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Current Events | 6 comments

Beth Haile always writes excellent posts, and I benefit a great deal from reading them. I particularly enjoy her commentaries on the...

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The Danger of Donatism in Ministering to the Divorced and Remarried

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Current Events | 2 comments

The conversations on marriage and family life brought to a boil by the recently-concluded Extraordinary Synod of Bishops have...

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Why We Ought to Pay Serious Attention to Spiritual but Not Religious (You Should Read This….)

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

I’ve been teaching for almost a decade, and in past years, if there’s been anything I’ve been more annoyed with (in a...

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God, Catholic Moral Theology, and Tetris

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

Those of us who grew up in the 80’s are familiar with Tetris. It’s a video game. The computer deploys different shaped blocks from the top...

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The Synod of Bishops: Signs of Divorce in the Family of God?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Current Events | 4 comments

No one can escape preparation for marriage in the Catholic Church without hearing the message that good communication skills are essential...

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The Synod Part 2: Field Hospitals in a Divorce Culture

Posted by on Oct 15, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

I posted an initial take on some of the themes coming out of the Synod of the Family over at dotcommonweal on Monday. I want to expand on...

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The Synod’s Report on Marriage: A Hearing

Posted by on Oct 14, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

The Mid-Term Report for the meeting of the Synod of Bishops on the family just came out.  For the most part, it has been well received...

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On the Ethics of Organ Transplantation, Part II

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

This is a brief synopsis and discussion of Part II of a report on Catholic perspectives on organ transplantation. The first part of the...

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Hospital or Campaign: What will the Synod on the Family be?

Posted by on Oct 5, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

Pope Francis has expressed his desire that the Catholic Church function like a “field hospital.”  Perhaps the first real test of this is...

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On the Ethics of Organ Transplantation: A Catholic Perspective (Part I)

Posted by on Oct 3, 2014 in Bioethics, Life and Death, Current Events, From the Field | 0 comments

On the Ethics of Organ Transplantation: A Catholic Perspective is a document authored by a working party under the auspices of the...

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Five Things I learned from “The Idea of a Catholic College”

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

This past weekend I was at the conference “The Idea of a Catholic College: Charism, Curricula, and Community” at King’s College.  It...

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Untying Knots: Bishop Cupich’s Theology

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

I love my country… that country being the land of my birth, Chicagoland. I love the massive church that is the archdiocese. And I...

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The New Archbishop of Chicago is no Moderate

Posted by on Sep 20, 2014 in Current Events | 1 comment

It has already started. The Crux headline insists that Bishop Cupich is “a moderate voice.”  The AP leads with it in the first...

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Racial Injustice and the White Privilege Narrative: A Reply to Bill O’Reilly

Posted by on Sep 17, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

The word “myth” can be taken in two senses. Negatively, myth may refer to non-reality. Positively, on the other hand, myth can refer to a...

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Testing…testing…. Secrets and Truths of Technology and Genetics

Posted by on Sep 13, 2014 in Current Events | 1 comment

While much bioethics discussion about genetic testing occurs in relation to fetal medicine, I worry sometimes that such a focus scares us...

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Some Reflections on my Last New Wineskins

Posted by on Sep 12, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

As regular readers of this blog have no doubt seen, a few of us are doing series of posts connected to the 12th annual summer meeting of...

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