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The New Authoriphobia

Posted by on May 20, 2014 in Current Events | 4 comments

Pope Francis has treated Catholic social doctrine as…well…doctrine. So did the last four popes. (Indeed, the last four are responsible for...

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Honoring Our Mothers in Theology

Posted by on May 11, 2014 in Current Events, Women and Gender | 4 comments

The Leadership Conference of Women Religious has been charged by Cardinal Mueller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the...

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Stories of Success

Posted by on May 9, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

My seven year old son hung his head low as he walked off of the baseball diamond after his game.  I asked him what was wrong, and he said,...

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Inequality in America: Seeing the Problems Accurately

Posted by on Apr 30, 2014 in Current Events | 1 comment

Economic inequality is a complex topic. The great desire for a “scoreboard number” is in this area (as in much economics) a temptation to...

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College students are not doing what you think they are doing

Posted by on Apr 29, 2014 in Current Events | 2 comments

You may have noticed a bit of a slowdown at the blog lately (except for the discussions of the canonization of Popes John XXIII and John...

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Consulting the Archives: The Boston Globe’s Coverage of the Opening of Vatican II and the Death of John XXIII

Posted by on Apr 27, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

The popes are the in the news a lot today: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and our current Pope Francis canonized two popes from the recent...

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The Pope-Saints: A Personal Reflection

Posted by on Apr 27, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

St. John XXIII fathered the Catholic world in which I grew up. Had there been no John XXIII, I suppose my Mass might still have been in...

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Is canonization of the saints irrelevant?

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

Much will be written in the coming days about the double-canonization of two twentieth century popes: John XXIII and John Paul II. As...

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Holy Thursday Christians

Posted by on Apr 17, 2014 in Current Events | 1 comment

Christians see themselves as people of compassion, but often others see us as something else. Today, Holy Thursday, many of us will gather...

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Rest and Restlessness: A Tribute to Dr. Terry Nichols

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

I have just returned from the funeral Mass for Dr. Terry Nichols, a member of the theology department at the University of St. Thomas for...

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The Resurrection of the Lord: The Mass of Easter Sunday

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

Acts 10:34a, 37-43 Ps 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23 Col 3:1-4 Jn 20:1-9 I always feel a little let down by Easter. After a long Lent and the...

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The Church and the Transgender Community: Can We Listen?

Posted by on Apr 11, 2014 in Current Events | 4 comments

I teach a Sexual Ethics course for undergraduates at my school, and each time I teach the course I invite a guest speaker to talk to the...

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The Vision Thing: Replying to Katie Grimes , replying to…

Posted by on Apr 8, 2014 in Current Events, From the Field | 1 comment

Katie Grimes at WIT has posted a thoughtful reply to Bill Cavanaugh and Michael Baxter’s reply to Massimo Faggioli’s original article....

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Book Giveaway! Christian Political Witness – Deadline April 16th

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

The blog reached its third birthday at the end of March.  It’s been a terrific ride so far – and we’re happy to keep...

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Hypocrisy at Hobby Lobby?

Posted by on Apr 3, 2014 in Current Events | 4 comments

I wanted to write a few words about the recent revelations published in Mother Jones that “the Hobby Lobby 401(k) employee retirement plan...

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Caution: Entitlement & Personal Responsibility

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Current Events | 2 comments

This morning my colleague Julie Hanlon Rubio posted an excellent blog on Paul Ryan and Poverty.  I agree with her 5 points and find them...

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Time for Adjunct Administrators

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

This post is co-authored with Christopher McMahon. The cost of colleges has been going up.  This is not a surprise. It is disturbing, in...

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Paul Ryan and Poverty: Beyond Debunking to Common Ground

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Current Events | 1 comment

Paul Ryan’s comments on poverty have again set off a swirl of controversy. Though first reported March 12 and clarified the next...

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The Matrix Revisited

Posted by on Mar 28, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

This weekend marks the fifteenth anniversary of the release of the film The Matrix. Widely praised for both its technical wizardry and...

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Rich Silicon Valley and Poor Man Lazarus

Posted by on Mar 19, 2014 in Current Events | 0 comments

In an observation that has stayed with me since 2008, Jim Caccamo wrote in “The Message on the Media”, It would be wise, for instance, to...

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