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Polarization: A Textbook Case

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

One way in which polarization is created and sustained in Catholic discourse is by the positing of false and misleading dichotomies. Much...

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Now, That’s More Like It: Kansas’ New Abortion Law

Posted by on Apr 20, 2015 in Current Events | 3 comments

A few weeks ago I wrote a strong critique of both the discriminatory spirit and the bad jurisprudence portrayed in Indiana’s recent...

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Do you have a Personal Relationship with Jesus Christ? Well do you?

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

Are you saved? Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ? Are you born again? It is possible for these questions to have deep...

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Polarization and the Synod: Two Insights

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015 in Current Events | 2 comments

One of the things I value about my institutional location is that I get to engage conversations from the full spectrum of American...

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A Matter of Life and Death? Why I Support the Drag Show at the University of San Diego

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Current Events | 6 comments

Taylor Alesana was only 16 years old when she committed suicide on April 2 in Fallbrook, California. Taylor’s friends mourned her death at...

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Piketty and the Popes: Taxes and the Common Good

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Current Events, Economics | 0 comments

Tomorrow is April 15, otherwise known as tax day in the United States. And as I’ve been reading Thomas Piketty’s Capital in...

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Forms of Racism

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

Bernard Goldberg recently posted a piece criticizing a Starbucks initiative to promote conversation about race relations in the United...

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A Word of Welcome to Bishop McElroy

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

On April 15, Bishop Robert W. McElroy will be formally installed as the sixth Bishop of the Diocese of San Diego. Bishop McElroy graduated...

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The Death Penalty is Abhorrent: A Response to Critics of “Capital Punishment Must End”

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015 in Current Events | 2 comments

Early last month, four Catholic journals—America, the National Catholic Reporter, the National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday...

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Cinderella and the Moral Imagination

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015 in Current Events | 6 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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