Author: Jason King

“Young” Catholic Moral Theologians

This is a guest post by Kent Lasnoski.  It discusses the June 2017 issue of The Journal of Moral Theology which focuses on the voices of “young” (i.e., in their career not their age) Catholic moral theologians.  Most of the papers come out of the annual New Wine, New Wineskins Symposium.   “Neither is new wine put into old wineskins; if it is, the skins burst, and the wine is spilled, and the skins are destroyed; but new wine is put into fresh wineskins, and so both are preserved.” (Matthew 9:17) Fifteen years ago, a group of young Catholic...

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Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time: Sacrifice, Resolve, and Reward

Reading 1: 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16a Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 89:2-3, 16-17, 18-19 Reading 2: Romans 6:3-4, 8-11 Gospel: Matthew 10:37-42 It is very easy to hear in these readings the need to sacrifice ourselves for the sake of others.  It is strongest with the gospel reading.  Jesus says to save your life, lose it.  He calls his followers to leave behind their mothers and fathers, sons and daughters.  His disciples are to sacrifice their own interests for others.  Paul also speaks of this same kind of sacrifice.  He insists that believers are to “die with Christ” and to think...

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Three Problems with Having so Many Catholic Societies

This weekend I’m at the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) annual conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  I spent last weekend at the College Theology Society (CTS) annual meeting at Salve Regina University in Newport, Rhode Island. In between these meetings, the Black Catholic Theologians (BCT) and the Academy of Catholic Hispanic Theologians of the United States (ACHTUS) held a joint meeting in Albuquerque.  Add into this mix the Academy of Catholic Theology (ACT) which meets toward the end of May in Washington, DC, and you have a lot of meetings. Conferences can be energizing and exciting.  Going means...

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Why Public School?

Two posts got me thinking about the value of public schools.  First was the release of a more detailed version of Trump’s budget which proposed to “cut federal education programs by more than $10 billion . . . . and spending on secondary-education programs would be redirected to school-choice initiatives — the chief policy goal of Betsy DeVos, the education secretary.”   Second is the recent post by Beth Haile on the changing face and value of homeschooling. While these posts address two very different thoughts about education, they both have an implied critique against public education.  As both my...

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Sixth Sunday of Easter: “I will come to you.”

Reading 1: Acts 8:5-8, 14-17 Responsorial Psalm: Psalms 66:1-3, 4-5, 6-7, 16, 20 Reading 2: 1 Peter 3:15-18 Gospel: John 14:15-21   My daughter is finishing up eighth grade in the next few weeks.  I was driving her to swim practice when she started talking about the latest fashions in her school.  She told me how the new trend is to get two or three septum rings.  She had to explain to me that these were nose rings piercing the cartilage between the two nostrils. I’m always hesitant to make fun of these trends.  This is not just because...

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