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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 | 1 comment

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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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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