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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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Millennials Don’t Judge…Except When they Do (Or, How Not to Ask Abortion Poll Questions)

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Current Events | 2 comments

The headline from the Religion News Service story was “Millennials are the ‘Don’t Judge Generation’ On Sexual...

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Is This the Face of Religious Liberty?

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Current Events | 3 comments

In a move that seems both almost incomprehensible, and yet somehow perhaps not surprising in our political climate, Indiana Governor Mike...

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3 Bad Arguments in “The Death of Catholic Universities in America”

Posted by on Mar 26, 2015 in Current Events | 4 comments

There are a number of stunningly bad arguments in Dominic Lynch’s “The Death of Catholic Universities in America.” I limit my focus here...

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Mary’s Free Consent: Implications for Sexual Ethics

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Current Events, Marriage and Family | 2 comments

There has been a lot of discussion lately about sexual consent, and for good reason. We live in a hypersexualized culture in which...

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What Korean American Catholic Theologians are Doing

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015 in Current Events | 0 comments

The Korean American Catholic (KAC) Forum began in March 2014 as part of a 3 year process in preparation for the 50th anniversary of the...

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