Author: Jana Bennett

Commemoration, Patriotism, and a Little CMT: Some Observations on Memorial Day 2018

I. Memories that Name Who We Are Yesterday, I attended Heritage Day here in Dayton, which is hosted at Carillon Historical Park. This pretty cool historical park dedicates itself to commemorating great inventiveness in Dayton. Key figures include, of course, the Wright Brothers, but also the inventors of the cash register, Huffy bicycles, the pop top can, and more. Our most well-known poet, Paul Laurence Dunbar, is commemorated here. The park also includes a great deal of living history – an 1850s style brew pub that brews beer using 19th century methods, a still-operating 1930s printing press, a school...

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Facebook, Privacy, and the Church

“What does the Church have to say about privacy?” I was asked this week, in the aftermath of Mark Zuckerberg’s congressional hearings. That’s a good question – I haven’t seen a lot in church documents, nor much from theologians. (I’d love to hear from readers if they’ve seen some good theological discussion…) Privacy is (obviously) an important question in a digital age, and I think the Church ought to get a lot bolder about speaking to privacy. I can envision developing arguments along the lines of creation and identity as people being made in the image of God. From...

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Important Seamless Garment Pro-life News

The bishop of Little Rock has taken a strong pro-life stand – one that includes not only being anti-abortion, but also anti-death penalty. Many of the people writing for this blog have written about the importance of being broadly pro-life.  I am one such person who finds that being pro-life means having deep concern about our whole culture of death, including abortion and euthanasia, as well as our treatment of death-row inmates, our perception of just war, and our use of the environment in which we live. My source for this from Catholic tradition is from Saint Pope John...

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The Fourth Sunday of Advent: Preparing Him Room

2 SM 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16 PS 89:2-3, 4-5, 27, 29 ROM 16:25-27 LK 1:26-38 As I read this week’s lectionary scriptures, I’m reminded of the hymn “Joy to the World” by Isaac Watts: Let ev’ry heart prepare Him room And heaven and nature sing! And heaven and nature sing! And heaven, and heaven, and nature sing! “Joy to the World” is a Christmas hymn, and so I imagine some readers wondering why I appear to be truncating Advent! After all, this year’s fourth “week” of Advent turns out to be merely a day – less than a day,...

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The Solemnity of Christ the King: The Habitual Nature of Sheep

EZ 34:11-12, 15-17 PS 23:1-2, 2-3, 5-6 1 COR 15:20-26, 28 MT 25:31-46 The image of Jesus as Good Shepherd (John 10) is an image that resonates down through the centuries. Jesus calls us by name, leads us forward, cares for us, just as the Good Shepherd does in the parable. Many of my friends are part of small focused Catholic communities that arose in the twentieth century. These communities – like Communio di Sant’Egidio, as well as Il Catechismo Del Buon Pastore (Catechesis of the Good Shepherd) focus specifically on the image of the Good Shepherd. Psalm 23,...

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