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What is Violence? Continuing the Conversation from New Wineskins to Ferguson to Gaza

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Current Events, From the Field | 0 comments

One of the “traditions” that has evolved out of the annual New Wine, New Wineskins conference, held recently between July...

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The Vatican on Military Intervention in Defense of the Innocent

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in American Politics, Current Events, Pope Francis, War | 2 comments

A number of my friends and acquaintances on Facebook this week have expressed their surprise, given Pope Francis’s record of making...

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On Gaza: If you wrong us, shall we not revenge?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2014 in Current Events, War | 3 comments

On July 24 at the Catholic Social Thought, Politics, and the Public Square page on Facebook, Jackie Turvey Tait asked if any Catholic...

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Of Wheat and Weeds: Pope Francis’ Prayer for Persecuted Christians in Iraq

Posted by on Jul 22, 2014 in American Politics, Current Events, Pope Francis, War | 1 comment

The Islamic State group referred to in the media as ISIS has seized Iraq’s second largest city, Mosul, and given a death sentence to any...

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Crisis on the Border: The Global Refugee Crisis Comes to America

Posted by on Jul 10, 2014 in Current Events | 3 comments

El Salvador. Honduras. Guatemala. Three countries in Central America with increasing, rampant gang violence and homicide. These are also...

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After Hobby Lobby: Persistent Confusion about the Nature of Religious Belief

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014 in Current Events | 10 comments

In the wake of Hobby Lobby, the attacks on religious belief in the public square—along with the confusions which often fuel such...

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Religious colleges undermine higher education! What?!?

Posted by on Jul 7, 2014 in Current Events | 1 comment

Religious colleges “systematically undermine the most fundamental purposes of higher education.” So argues Peter Conn in a recent opinion...

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Parental Alienation is Intrinsically Immoral

Posted by on Jul 2, 2014 in Current Events, Marriage and Family | 2 comments

Parental alienation can be defined in myriad ways. For the purposes of this post, I define parental alienation as deliberate effort on the...

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The Power of the CTSA

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Current Events | 17 comments

Paul Griffiths’ keynote address to the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) has caused quite the stir, with commentaries...

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Healthcare: It’s Still Broken

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

Sorry, there’s a problem with our system This is the message I have gotten recently while trying to navigate healthcare.gov to get...

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Paul Griffiths’ CTSA Plenary Address

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Current Events | 2 comments

Paul Griffiths has given us permission to make the text of his recent (and much talked about) plenary address to the Catholic Theological...

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Hooray for Nominal Catholics!

Posted by on Jun 16, 2014 in Current Events, The Parish | 2 comments

When I first began RCIA in 2006, there was a gentleman in my class named Larry. He was either in his late fifties or early sixties. A very...

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Father’s Day: What do Fathers Do?

Posted by on Jun 15, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

It seems fathers play a particular role in society today. As the Wall Street Journal explained it, fathers who spend significant time...

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Capitalism and War: Are They Linked?

Posted by on Jun 14, 2014 in Current Events | 3 comments

Returning again to his evangelizing style of conversational encounter, earlier this week Pope Francis gave an interview with the Spanish...

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Us Versus Them: Part Four of Theologian Converts

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Current Events | 2 comments

In light of the discussions Meg and Charlie have been having about Paul Griffiths’ lecture at the Catholic Theological Society of America...

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Does Paul Griffiths have to be Right for Paul Ryan to be Wrong?

Posted by on Jun 13, 2014 in Current Events | 9 comments

So, Paul Griffiths’ plenary address at CTSA this past week has got people talking. Our own Meghan Clark added her voice to these...

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What is theology? Moral Theology is Messy

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Current Events | 15 comments

Throughout this weekend’s CTSA, I’ve been thinking a lot about the importance of context within the practice of theology....

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Love Reconciles, Love Remembers

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

In Why Marriages Succeed or Fail: And How You Can Make Yours Last, John Gottman argues that, for marriages, “it is how you resolve...

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A Cradle Catholic Perspective on Converts: Theologian Converts, Part III

Posted by on Jun 6, 2014 in Current Events | 1 comment

This week’s entry in the series is by guest poster Dr. Kelly Johnson, who teaches in the Religious Studies department at the...

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Violent Entertainment and the Foundations of Sin: A Thomistic Appraisal of the Culture of Violence

Posted by on Jun 3, 2014 in American Politics, Current Events, Popular Culture | 0 comments

The first mass shooting I remember being impacted by is Columbine. Even though we lived hundreds of miles away in California, I recall the...

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