Author: Lorraine Cuddeback-Gedeon

Third Sunday of Easter: Jesus Prepares us for the Road Ahead

Acts 5:27-32, 40b-41 Ps 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13 Rev 5:11-14 Jn 21:1-14//Jn 21:1-19 The weeks immediately following Easter take us on quite the liturgical journey, especially in Year C, where we continue forward with the Johannine accounts of the Risen Christ. The first of the readings for this week push us forward in time: from the early resistance to the Church in Acts of the Apostles, to Revelation’s discussion of last things in human history. In the Gospel, the very final chapter of John reveals to us a Jesus who prepares the world, prepares the Church, for life...

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Captain Marvel, the MCU, and the Margins

Last weekend I saw Captain Marvel, the latest installment in the (bewildering) twenty-one films that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) has put out since 2007. As the first of the films to feature a female lead (though two of the MCU-connected television series had women leads, Jessica Jones and Agent Carter), it is unsurprising that Captain Marvel immediately generated a fraught conversation about the MCU and feminism. Wonder Woman faced a similar challenge in its release, and while both films had a strong box office showing, there was much debate about whether either one really served the feminist cause....

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Questions for those who Wore MAGA Hats at the March for Life

Before I jump into the meat of this post, I want to do some throat-clearing: yes, the topic of this post is inspired by the coverage of Covington Catholic school and the highly-debated, highly-polarizing events that transpired at the March for Life. But, no, I am not jumping into the well-trod fray arguing about who started the confrontation, who bears the most culpability for it, the role of social media in perpetuating it, or any of those questions currently filling the Catholic corners of the internet. I am honing in on one, key element of that video, one which...

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Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! The Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time

DT 6:2-6; HEB 7:23-28; MK 12:28B-34   Hear, O Israel! The Lord our God is Lord alone! You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.   These words — the first commandment given by the Lord, the initiation of the covenant — these words ring out in both the first reading and the Gospel for this week. They tell us to approach God with a single-minded focus. This is all the more important to take to heart this week as we mourn the...

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Catholic Universities, Identity, and the Abuse Scandal

For the past few weeks I’ve been a part of a faculty seminar at my institution focused on the “Catholic intellectual tradition.” The seminar has been a welcome respite once a week to take a step back from the daily details of teaching, and instead look at how my work – both in research and in pedagogy – fit into the rich history of this tradition. Getting a sense of the forest, you might say, instead of analyzing trees. Understandably, much of the discussion this year has circled around the new developments within the ongoing abuse crisis in the...

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