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Kimmy and the Pope

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

In a section of Amoris Laetitia, the post-synodal apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis, the pope refers to the film Babette’s...

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Seventh Sunday of Easter/The Ascension of the Lord

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

Acts 7:55-60 PS 97:1-2, 6-7, 9 Rev 22:12-14, 16-17, 20 Jn 17:20-26 There is a curious tension (to say the least!) in the Christian life....

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Sixth Sunday of Easter

Posted by on Apr 27, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

ACTS 15:1-2, 22-29 PS 67:2-3, 5, 6, 8 REV 21:10-14, 22-23 JN 14:23-29 Our first reading this week from Acts relates how the peace and...

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Amoris Laetitia: A Call to Slow Family and Slow Church

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

Among the many contested and even confounding questions in Amoris Laetitia is the question of what, exactly, it means to hold to church...

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“Wonderfully Complicated”: Amoris Laetitia as an Invitation to a Grown-Up Faith

Posted by on Apr 15, 2016 in Current Events, Marriage and Family, Pope Francis | 0 comments

Faithful + Honest + Realistic + Creative In this post-synodal apostolic exhortation, Pope Francis restates official teachings on marriage...

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Being Pastoral: It’s Complicated

Posted by on Apr 7, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

Austin Ivereigh has a fantastic, extremely helpful “preview” of what to expect in Pope Francis’s document on marriage and the family, due...

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The Coming of Physician-Assisted Dying (aka Euthanasia) to Canada

Posted by on Apr 6, 2016 in Bioethics, Life and Death, Current Events | 1 comment

It is telling that the Supreme Court of Canada avoided the language of assisted-suicide or euthanasia, and instead chose the euphemism...

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Mass of Easter Sunday: Yeasty Responses to the Resurrection of Jesus

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

The Mass of Easter Sunday ACTS 10:34A, 37-43 PS 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 1 COR 5:6B-8 JN 20:1-9 There’s something of a debate about how to...

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Saints to Invoke When You are Tired of Trump

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

I’m tired of Trump. There, I said it. I find that the more I pay attention to Trump, the more angry and cynical I become. When I...

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Spotlight: Engaging Emotion in Pursuit of Justice

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

This post is part of the series Virtue Ethics at the Movies. You can read the first series post here, the post on Mad Max: Fury Road here,...

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Our Collective Immorality Play: On The Big Short

Posted by on Feb 27, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

For taking an ethics trip to the movies, you could hardly do better than The Big Short, Michael Lewis’s story of the of the few renegade...

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Ambiguity and Discernment on the Big Screen: A Theologian’s Look at Brooklyn

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in Current Events, Marriage and Family, Popular Culture | 0 comments

This post is part of the series Virtue Ethics at the Movies. You can read the first series post here, the post on Mad Max: Fury Road here,...

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A Faith that Transcends Divisions: Reflections on Justice Scalia’s Funeral Mass

Posted by on Feb 22, 2016 in American Politics, Current Events | 0 comments

The recent death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia has proven to be yet another divisive flashpoint in American politics and...

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Pope Francis Gets Political in Mexico

Posted by on Feb 19, 2016 in Current Events | 1 comment

Before Pope Francis had even embarked on his just concluded journey to Mexico, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump critically...

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First Sunday of Lent: Scary Fasting and A Christian’s Thanksgiving

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

Fasting might be the most familiar of the Lenten practices, and one of the most durable practices down through the centuries. While today...

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The Martian and a Courageous World

Posted by on Feb 8, 2016 in Current Events | 0 comments

This post is part of the series “Virtue Ethics at the Movies.” You can read the introduction to the series here. When I first heard about...

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Poison Water: Catholic Social Teaching & Flint, Michigan

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

Over at Millennial Journal, I have written a 2 part blog addressing the water crisis in Flint Michigan. In Part 1: The Poisoning of Flint:...

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Mad Max: Fury Road – More Than Just an Action Film

Posted by on Feb 2, 2016 in Current Events, Popular Culture | 0 comments

This post is the first film review in the series “Virtue Ethics at the Movies.” You can read the introduction to the series...

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Virtue Ethics at the Movies: Introducing a New Series

Posted by on Feb 1, 2016 in Current Events, Popular Culture | 0 comments

The Christian moral tradition is full of stories. Consider the creation myths of Genesis, the Exodus story of liberation, the stories of...

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Should a Catholic Hospital be Obliged to do a Tubal Ligation?

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

No. And I make a brief argument in my piece in the LA Times yesterday in the context of the ACLU suing Mercy Hospital for refusing to do...

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