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The Baptism of the Lord – Overcoming Violence with Patience and Mercy

Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Current Events, Lectionary, Pope Francis | 0 comments

Is 42:1-4, 6-7 or 55:1-11; Ps 29: 1-4, 9-10 or Is 12: 2-6; Acts 10: 34-38 or 1 Jn 5:1-9; Mk 1: 7-11 In July of 2014 I wrote a post...

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This Year in Cuba? The Coming Agony and Obligation of Reconciliation.

Posted by on Jan 4, 2015 in American Politics, Current Events | 0 comments

  “La patria es agonia y deber.”/”The homeland is agony and duty.”  — Jose Marti Every year on Christmas,...

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Epiphany: Let Us Seek the Lord

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Current Events, Lectionary | 0 comments

This week’s readings are beautiful. And they make me deeply uncomfortable.  The clarion call of Isaiah sounds across the centuries, “Rise...

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A Janus Post: 2014 Highlights in Moral Theology and 2015 Expectations

Posted by on Dec 30, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

Relative to other years, it’s been a slower blogging year this year than in the past. At the end of 2012, I suggested it had been...

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Jointly Written Op-Ed Calls for Reflection on Peace and Justice in Islam and Christianity

Posted by on Dec 27, 2014 in American Politics, Current Events, War | 0 comments

Today the San Diego Union Tribune published an op-ed written by two of my colleagues from the University of San Diego. Bahar Davary,...

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Death Rattle for the Costanza Strategy? David Koch Comes Out in Support of Abortion Rights

Posted by on Dec 18, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

Americans are used to cynical political maneuvering. We have military hawks actually running as small-government conservatives. And...

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What does the word “terror” really mean today?

Posted by on Dec 17, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

Let me begin this post by doing what I specifically instruct my students not to do at the beginning of a paper: give a dictionary...

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The Libertarian Default

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Current Events | 6 comments

At the end of every semester in my ethics class (a required class for all students here at the Mount), I read ethics research paper...

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Statement of Catholic Theologians on Racial Justice

Posted by on Dec 8, 2014 in Bioethics, Life and Death, Current Events, Role of Moral Theologian in Church and Society Series | Comments Off

Advent is a season of waiting and of hoping. In the face of conflict, distrust, and division – in the wilderness – we are...

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Is Praying for Peace Effective?

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Current Events | 1 comment

Was Pope Francis’s prayer for peace in Syria in September 2013 a failure? Daniel Petri, writing recently at Millennial, asks this...

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A World AIDS Day Reflection

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

Immersed in death, dying yourself, or sitting vigil by the bedside of someone who is, death loses some of its mystery, and there comes a...

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Complementarity and Cable News

Posted by on Nov 20, 2014 in Current Events | 2 comments

I sometimes play a game that involves flipping channels back and forth between Fox News and MSNBC at ten minute intervals. Doing so is...

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Culture, “News” and the Unmentionable

Posted by on Nov 14, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

What is unmentionable in a society tells you a lot about the moral character of a society. During the Second World War, British...

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Strong Pro-Choicers Falter, but so do Personhood Measures: the Abortion Politics of 2014 and Beyond

Posted by on Nov 5, 2014 in Current Events | 1 comment

Like many things associated with abortion, last nights results were complicated.  Two seemingly contradictory things happened: 1.  Strong...

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From the Parish: Reflections on the Synod from a Parish Priest

Posted by on Nov 3, 2014 in Current Events | 1 comment

The following is a guest post from Fr. Satish Joseph, PhD. He offers this further reflection on the Synod, with a particular intriguing...

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Are Catholics Saved?

Posted by on Oct 31, 2014 in Current Events | 6 comments

Beth Haile always writes excellent posts, and I benefit a great deal from reading them. I particularly enjoy her commentaries on the...

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The Danger of Donatism in Ministering to the Divorced and Remarried

Posted by on Oct 26, 2014 in Current Events | 2 comments

The conversations on marriage and family life brought to a boil by the recently-concluded Extraordinary Synod of Bishops have...

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Why We Ought to Pay Serious Attention to Spiritual but Not Religious (You Should Read This….)

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

I’ve been teaching for almost a decade, and in past years, if there’s been anything I’ve been more annoyed with (in a...

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God, Catholic Moral Theology, and Tetris

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

Those of us who grew up in the 80’s are familiar with Tetris. It’s a video game. The computer deploys different shaped blocks from the top...

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The Synod of Bishops: Signs of Divorce in the Family of God?

Posted by on Oct 19, 2014 in Current Events | 4 comments

No one can escape preparation for marriage in the Catholic Church without hearing the message that good communication skills are essential...

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