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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 | 2 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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Tragedy of the Commons in the Deep Seas

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in Current Events | 1 comment

Many non-meat eaters, myself included, think of fish as a more ethical choice over factory-farmed meat. There are reasons to reconsider...

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Convention Season Draws Media Attention to Alternative, Young Pro-Life Voices

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Current Events | 2 comments

In an election cycle with no good choices for pro-lifers, it can be tempting to despair. But just below the surface of ratings-driven...

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Don’t boo. Vote. (And don’t boo the voters)

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in Current Events | 3 comments

During his speech at the Democratic Convention, President Obama mentioned Donald Trump by name and was met with a chorus of jeers. The...

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Catholic Bishop: Deportation like Abortion…

Posted by on Jul 27, 2016 in Current Events | 1 comment

I want to give a brief shout-out to Bishop Flores here. In an interview Bishop Flores of Brownsville, TX has with Charlie Camosy at...

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Stop Lying- 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Posted by on Jul 26, 2016 in Current Events, Lectionary | 0 comments

A clear center of gravity stands out among this week’s lectionaries readings: “stop lying to one another.” How simple,...

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“Thy Kingdom Come” – The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

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

Lectionary 111 Gn 18:20-32 Ps 138:1-2, 2-3, 6-7, 7-8 Col 2:12-14 Lk 11:1-13   There have been so many disturbing instances of...

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Is There a Moral Center To Hold?

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Current Events | 2 comments

I have been struggling to come up with something valuable to say in the midst of this extraordinarily challenging moment. Perhaps not...

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Learning the Gaze of Christ: Three Reflections on Amoris Laetitia

Posted by on Jun 28, 2016 in Current Events | 1 comment

This is a guest post by Dr. Alessandro Rovati. Many commentaries about Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia focused on the...

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Eloquent words, I have none…

Posted by on Jun 13, 2016 in Current Events | 1 comment

It takes me several days, or sometimes weeks, to post blog posts about various topics, usually. If I were to try to be eloquent here...

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On Grief and Hope in Ordinary Time

Posted by on Jun 3, 2016 in Current Events, Lectionary | 1 comment

Lectionary #90, Tenth Sunday of Ordinary Time June is a time of year when, despite the sun and the warmth, and the generally relaxed pace...

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You Should Read This: Catholic Catalogue: A Field Guide to the Daily Acts that Make Up a Catholic Life

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

You should read this book because it is a moral theology book in the best sense of the word. I think that if we follow Thomas’...

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Controlling the Evolving Catholic Blogosphere?

Posted by on Jun 1, 2016 in Current Events | 1 comment

Crux ran a commentary recently by a frequent Catholic priest blogger from Patheos, entitled “Radical Catholic blogs may be a cesspool, but...

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Why bother writing theology online?

Posted by on May 31, 2016 in Current Events | 1 comment

We’ve been blogging for five years, more or less. In honor of that five years, I offer here five benefits of doing theology online,...

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Encountering God at Summer Music Festivals

Posted by on May 25, 2016 in Current Events, Popular Culture | 0 comments

In my first year of teaching at USD, one of my students came in 50 minutes late to a 55 minute class, with wet hair and sandy flip-flops....

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President Obama is Visiting Hiroshima not to Apologize?

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Current Events | 5 comments

The White House recently announced that President Obama will visit Hiroshima in the upcoming months making him the first sitting American...

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The Complicity of Catholic Progressives in Amoris Laetitia Commentary

Posted by on May 13, 2016 in Current Events | 3 comments

Following is a guest post from Craig A. Ford, Jr.,  a doctoral candidate and the Margaret O’Brien Flatley Fellow in Theological...

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