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Here’s How to Be a Good Catholic. Oh, wait. It Isn’t That Easy.

Posted by on Jun 4, 2015 in Current Events | 9 comments

A popular blog about Catholicism, motherhood, and family culture recently posted a list describing “Exactly How to Be a Good Catholic.”...

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Three Reasons to Go to a Conference: Reflections on the 2015 College Theology Society’s Annual Meeting

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

Early in my career, I thought of academic conferences mainly as professional opportunities. To get a job, one needed presentations and...

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Frs. Reese and Sirico on the Encyclical: What We Can Learn

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

It is getting borderline entertaining to watch the “prebuttals” on the upcoming encyclical. One could comment on how the wide access to...

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Millennials and Their Not So Stereotypical Hook Up Culture: 5 Studies

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

The recent essay “Changes in American Adults’ Sexual Behavior and Attitudes, 1972-2012” made the news last week (see here, here and here)....

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Nothing changing at the Synod on the Family?

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Current Events | 3 comments

At the first communion of my daughter, grandparents, godparents, aunts, uncles and cousins were all sitting in the pew with her. When it...

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Was Liberation Theology Created by the KGB?

Posted by on May 8, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

Was Latin American liberation theology an invention of the Soviet KGB? So argues Ion Mihai Pacepa, a former intelligence official under...

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Students and racial justice

Posted by on May 7, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

It is the time of year when most of us are far too busy with end-of-semester grading to think much about blogging. And, often, it’s...

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Polarization: Three Hopes, Three Questions

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Current Events | 2 comments

Polarization can be understood on a number of levels. On three of these, it seems, the recent Polarization and the U.S. Catholic Church...

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The Catholic Church as the Second Heaven

Posted by on Apr 29, 2015 in Current Events | 4 comments

There is a story told in Korea of a certain butcher. In order to understand the story, one must first understand the hierarchical and...

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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 | 7 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 | 3 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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