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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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The Troubling Evil of Star War’s Kylo Ren

Posted by on Dec 30, 2015 in Current Events | 4 comments

I am a bit worried about Kylo Ren, the new villain from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. He seems to represent a different kind of evil than...

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The Epiphany of the Lord: Becoming Displaced for Christ

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Current Events, Lectionary | 0 comments

Isaiah 60:1-6 Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13 Ephesians 3:2-3A, 5-6 Matthew 2:1-12   The weeks of Advent this year happened to...

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Catholic Marriage (Part 4): Friendship of Spouses as “Communion with Jesus Christ”

Posted by on Dec 29, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

This post is part of a series of six focusing on the Catholic church’s teaching on marriage and how it fosters the goods of: economic...

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From the editors: On Anti-Muslim Sentiment in America

Posted by on Dec 19, 2015 in Current Events | 1 comment

We, as Christian theologians in the public sphere, stand together in solidarity with Muslims in the United States in support of all Muslim...

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Is Santa dangerous?

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

Is Santa dangerous? To some degree, yes. But this post is not about why your family should not participate in the cultural tradition of...

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What did Pope Francis say about condoms on World AIDS Day?

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Current Events | 1 comment

December 1st was World AIDS Day. Here’s are some of my previous posts: from 2014 and from 2012. But this year, in addition to...

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No “Business as Usual” for Catholics and Paid Family Leave

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

Sarah Pulliam Bailey has written an important article for the Washington Post on paid family leave and religious institutions. As we might...

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10 Suggestions for Interrupting White Privilege

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in American Politics, Current Events | 2 comments

I have often wondered what I would have done had I lived through some of the great social movements of history, such as the civil rights...

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Where is Structural Sin in Laudato Si’?

Posted by on Nov 2, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

  In an early commentary on Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’, my friend Kevin Ahern noted with some dismay the absence of the...

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Catholic Marriage (Part 3): “Demonstration of Solidarity”

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

This post is part of a series of six focusing on the Catholic church’s teaching on marriage and how it fosters the goods of: economic...

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