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Children, Priests, and Scandal in Church

Here’s the story: on his way to the ambo (pulpit) to give his homily (sermon), the presiding priest detoured to approach “a family with several small children under the age of four who were sitting near the front of the … Continue reading

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Redekop’s Mimetic Structures of Violence and of Blessing: as applied to the church and particularly to the sex abuse scandal

Vern Neufeld Redekop, “Mimetic Structures of Violence and of Blessing: Creating a Discursive Framework for Reconciliation,” Theoforum 33, no. 3 (January 1, 2002): 311–335. This outstanding paper first concisely describes structures of violence and of blessing (life-giving creativity) purely in … Continue reading

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Habemus Papam! Pope Francis.

Well, it looks like I got what I prayed for: a cardinal-archbishop who lives in an apartment and takes the bus to work? Wow. A Jesuit: good, strong theological grounding there, plus the grounding in Ignatian spirituality and discernment — … Continue reading

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Priorities?

A hierarchical roundup of some recent Catholic news: – A Minnesota teen was effectively denied the sacrament of confirmation because of his support for samesex marriage. (The family says he was denied, the pastor says he voluntarily withdrew, but the … Continue reading

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This is how it’s done.

The science fiction fandom portion of the blogosphere has been in tumult for the past couple of weeks over an event that occurred at Readercon, a Boston-area science fiction convention. Essentially what happened was that a woman was publicly and … Continue reading

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Open Letter to NCAA and Penn State from a Catholic

Dear people, I am not a sports fan, but perhaps this gives me the same kind of useful outsider’s perspective that non-Catholics had on the sex abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic church. The similarities in the two situations are, … Continue reading

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The CDF, the LCWR, and Obedience

This issue is very difficult for me to write about. As a Roman Catholic woman and as a feminist, I am profoundly disturbed by the actions of the CDF (Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith) towards vowed women religious … Continue reading

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Liars and Outliers and Moral Theology

Full disclosure: Bruce has been a dear friend of mine for thirty years, and I was an early reader of several drafts of this book. This is not a theology book — although it is in the top ten books … Continue reading

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Consent, Obedience, and Philadelphia

Charles Chaput was installed last week as Archbishop of Philadelphia, and Rocco Palmo has posted his installation homily. Philadelphia, as you may recall, has been the US diocese most recently and intensely convulsed by the sex abuse scandal. My first … Continue reading

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