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The Everday Ascetic: Considering Food Waste in the US

Posted by on Jul 24, 2015 in Current Events | 3 comments

A couple weeks I wrote a post about Laudato Si’ and its call on Catholics to lead more ascetic lives. Some people have asked,...

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The Least Dignity: Treatment and Custody of Pre-Born Victims of Abortion Violence

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Current Events, From the Field | 2 comments

This is a guest post from Justin Menno, doctoral candidate in theology at the University of Dayton, and instructor at Catholic Central...

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And Then There Were None

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Current Events | 8 comments

Last Thursday I posted a critique of replies to the video of Dr. Deborah Nucatola discussing the harvesting of fetal tissue. Since a great...

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The Solemnity of Abortion

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Current Events | 5 comments

There is currently a great deal of controversy over a video released by the Irvine, California-based Center for Medical Progress in which...

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Why Greece is Not a Morality Play

Posted by on Jul 12, 2015 in Current Events | 1 comment

We have an awful tendency to turn every story into a good-versus-evil, heroes-and-villains tale. Some stories are like this; many are...

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From the Parish: Reflections on Same-Sex Marriage and the SCOTUS Decision

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Current Events | 4 comments

The following is a guest reflection from Father Satish Joseph, PhD. As some of our regular readers have noted, us regulars here at...

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Two Things to Know about Laudato Si’ and Technology

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

The following is a guest post by Jim Caccamo of the Department of Theology and Religious Studies, Saint Joseph’s University, Philadelphia,...

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Getting Real with Pope Francis (and his critics)

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Current Events | 5 comments

Whether in the classroom or in casual conversation, one of the most persistent challenges I encounter as a Catholic moral theologian comes...

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Laudato Si’ on Non-Human Animals: Three Hopeful Signs, Three Missed Opportunities

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Current Events | 1 comment

When a Pope names himself after the most famous animal-lover of all time, and then chooses to write his first encyclical on ecology,...

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Are the faithful drifting, being neglected or struggling?

Posted by on Jun 24, 2015 in Current Events | 2 comments

So much recent work has come out on the faith of Catholics in the United States. All of it seems to indicate that Catholics do not so much...

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The Everyday Ascetic: Thoughts on Laudato Si’

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Current Events | 3 comments

My first thought when I read Laudato Si’ was not the “climate change question” that has pervaded discussion so far. My...

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Evolution and Theological Anthropology in Laudato Si’

Posted by on Jun 22, 2015 in Current Events | 1 comment

  Much of the commentary about Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’, both before and after its release, has focused on the...

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Environmental Racism, Gun Violence Homicides and the Construction of Memorial Acclamations

Posted by on Jun 21, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

Guest Post By: Shawnee M. Daniels-Sykes, Ph.D., Mount Mary University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) Essentially, for Pope Francis “a sense of...

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Of Carbon Credits and Air Conditioners

Posted by on Jun 19, 2015 in Current Events | 5 comments

In the early responses to the encyclical Laudato Si’, a couple particular points have drawn attention. As soon as I read the leaked...

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Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home (5 Themes to Note)

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

It’s here! A new social encyclical! As a Catholic moral theologian, I feel a bit like a child on Christmas morning. While I know that most...

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Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Job 38:1, 8-11 Ps 107:23-31 (selections) 2 Cor 5:14-17 Mk 4:35-41 This week, with all the anticipation about the Holy Father’s...

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Pope Francis, Biblical Dominion, and the Saints on Non-Human Animals

Posted by on Jun 16, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

The following is a guest post from Ian Jones, doctoral candidate at Fordham University. His dissertation focuses on the understanding of...

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“I’m Using Birth Control. Am I a Bad Catholic?”

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Current Events, From the Field | 4 comments

I spoke to a woman recently who I respect very much and who takes her faith very seriously. She mentioned that she is on artificial birth...

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Action Item: A Call to Solidarity with Our Nation’s Homeless

Posted by on Jun 9, 2015 in American Politics, Current Events, Pope Francis | 1 comment

This week, Congress considers legislation that would eliminate the National Housing Trust Fund and significantly reduce housing grants to...

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Right vs. Wrong – A Discussion of Jenner, Torture, and Poetry Appreciation

Posted by on Jun 5, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

I’ve been teaching an “Ethics of Scholarly Inquiry” course to students at my university this summer, and one of the...

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