Author: Emily Reimer-Barry

Tough Women in Tough Times: Women’s Speech as Contested

Sally Yates and Elizabeth Warren have been in the news a lot lately as examples of tough women speaking up in difficult times.  In both cases, we’ve seen the contested nature of women’s speech, an issue that Catholic women know all too well. The Christian tradition has had its fair share of censure of women’s speech. Two often cited biblical texts have provided proof that it is ‘unnatural’ for women to take on public speaking roles:  According to the rule observed in all the assemblies of believers, women should keep silent in such gatherings. They may not speak. Rather,...

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Lament in the Judeo-Christian Tradition: Why It Is OK To Tell God How You Really Feel

“I waste away, I waste away! Woe to me! The treacherous betray! With treachery the treacherous betray!” Terror and pit and snare await you, people of the earth. Whoever flees at the sound of terror will fall into a pit; whoever climbs out of the pit will be caught in a snare.   The floodgates of the heavens are opened, the foundations of the earth shake. The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder, the earth is violently shaken. The earth reels like a drunkard, it sways like a hut in the wind; so heavy upon it is the guilt of its rebellion that...

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#WhyIMarch: The Women’s March on Washington and the Invitation to Rise Up

  The Women’s March on Washington is expecting over 200,000 participants in Washington, D.C.. this Saturday, January 21st with almost 300 sister marches in cities across the country. I will be joining the Women’s March in downtown San Diego, California, rain or shine. Here’s why. First, because tomorrow Donald Trump will become my country’s President, and I can’t just stay home on Saturday morning when women in my community are gathering to protest his dehumanizing rhetoric. Now, more than ever, I need to stand in solidarity with my sisters. The Women’s March platform affirms: We believe Gender Justice is...

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King’s Legacy and the Work We Still Must Do

On September 24, 2015, when Pope Francis addressed the United States Congress, he referenced the life of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., describing him as a role model for the politicians and citizens listening to the address. The pope’s remarks highlight the role of the common good in policy deliberations, the importance of hope, and the place of faith in U.S. public discourse. Politics is, instead, an expression of our compelling need to live as one, in order to build as one the greatest common good: that of a community which sacrifices particular interests in order to share,...

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Harry Potter’s Guide to Resisting Evil

I love reading novels. Sure, sometimes it is because I crave a bit of escapism. But it is also because I enjoy thinking about the human condition, immersing myself in stories, and because I take pleasure in good writing. As a moral theologian, I recognize also that fiction has a way of shaping our moral imaginations. One of the ways I coped with the U.S. presidential election was to reread the seven-part Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, from Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. As one of the candidates was mocking...

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