Author: Jana Bennett

Our Response to All God’s Vulnerable People: Twenty-Ninth Sunday of Ordinary Time

Isaiah 53:10-11 Psalm 33:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22 Hebrews 4:14-16 Mark 10:35-45 One of the common central themes in our scripture readings this week is the theme of the powerful taking on the experience and concerns of the poor, the lowly, the distressed, and the oppressed. The Old Testament and Epistle readings are usually read in light of Jesus. Jesus is the Suffering Servant of Isaiah, the one who bears our guilt through his suffering [on the cross]. Jesus is also our great High Priest, the one who “sympathizes with our weakness” and who has been “tested in every way.”...

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Scenes from the Classroom: Kavanaugh, the Sex Abuse Crisis, and Holding it All Together

Yesterday, while I was in full-lectury mode on the theme “beginning of life issues” to a classroom full of pre-med, pre-nursing, dietetics, and therapy majors – a student raised her hand. I have a clarifying question to ask. I expected the question to be something about the case we’d just been examining – when and why people might opt for prenatal testing, and that this might not mean they are interested in seeking abortions. But no. Have the bishops come out with a statement on all this sex stuff happening now? You mean, the sex abuse scandals, I asked?...

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What is to be our response??

When I noted that I was assigned to write a post for this week, I was going to write a post about the top 5 things that ethics teachers ought to think about at the beginning of the year. Maybe that’ll be a post next week or next semester. But other events have come into play – namely the publication, from many media outlets, of the grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania over the 300 (300!!!) priests who have credibly abused people in the past 70 years. More than that, there is the clear indication that bishops deflected alarms about...

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Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time: Shady Stories

EZ 17:22-24 PS 92:2-3, 13-14, 15-16 2 COR 5:6-10 MK 4:26-34 For us in the northern hemisphere, this Sunday’s scriptures match our experience of the weather and the growing season. We are nearly to the summer solstice, the trees have done their springtime work of creating leafy tops, and now we have spots of shade. So Ezekiel has a story for us about cedar trees – God will take the top off one of them, plant it on a mountain, and it will grow and eventually enough to house birds and other living things. It’s more than a little...

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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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