#MeToo shows the dangers of end-less sex Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

In our astonishing cultural moment, people—and not just those in gender studies departments—are engaged in serious conversations about sex and power. One interpretation of the #MeToo phenomenon is that sexual harassment is not about sex at all but only power. There is truth in this view. The power dynamics in film producer Harvey Weinstein’s room, Read more

A new type of Catholic emerges: the conservative dissenter Comments 0

Thursday, April 26th, 2018

The tables have turned under Pope Francis. And a new type of Catholic has formed: the conservative dissenter. In the past, conservatives prided themselves on loyalty to the pope and being in lockstep with all papal teachings, while progressives called for limits to papal power. The devotees of tradition used to argue that liberals who Read more

What did Pope Francis mean when he said the unborn and the poor are equally sacred? Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018
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When Pope Francis insisted that the lives of the unborn and of the poor are “equally sacred,” he was not trying to shift the focus of Catholics from fighting abortion to fighting poverty, he was trying to show they are part of the same battle, said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Read more

Queer Commonwealth: Faces of the global LGBT movement Comments 0

Monday, April 23rd, 2018

It should never be illegal to be who you are. Yet lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people continue to face high levels of violence and discrimination across the world. 72 countries criminalise male homosexuality, with 45 also criminalising female homosexuality. In the Commonwealth, 36 of its 53 countries maintain laws that make same-sex intimacy between men Read more

The faith of Jimmy Carter Comments 0

Thursday, April 19th, 2018
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When Billy Graham died in February at the age of 99, commentators offered dueling perspectives. Was the world-famous evangelist “the last high-profile bipartisan evangelical,” as some eulogized? Or had America’s Preacher started a strain of Gospel-infused white nationalism that still exists today? But if Graham is either the foil or forefather of current evangelical politics, Read more

Five things you need to know about chemical weapons Comments 0

Thursday, April 19th, 2018
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Five questions on chemical weapons with Johnny Nehme, a chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear expert at the International Committee of the Red Cross: In your view, why are chemical weapons banned? Their indiscriminate nature. They could kill or maim any person, whether that person is participating in a given conflict or not. A second issue is Read more

Cardinal John Ribat concerned with rising seas, deep-sea mining Comments 0

Monday, April 16th, 2018
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Rising seas and new technology to mine beneath them are forefront concerns these days for Cardinal John Ribat of Papua New Guinea. During a 12-day U.S. trip along the East Coast that concludes March 22, the head of the Port Moresby archdiocese on the South Pacific island nation has in numerous settings expressed his worry Read more

Mary Magdalene, a feminist Bible figure for the #MeToo era Comments 0

Monday, April 16th, 2018
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Long-maligned Mary Magdalene now seen as stalwart disciple Mary Magdalene’s image gets a new look in the modern age, now seen as a strong, independent woman. If there’s a feminist figure from the Bible for the #MeToo era, it could very well be Mary Magdalene. The major character in the life of Jesus was long Read more

Holiness: Women are there Comments 0

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

The first thing that jumped out at me in Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation on holiness, Gaudete et exsultate, is how much he has put women in the foreground. Women are usually in the background of papal statements, if they appear at all. Not here. They are upfront and visible. Right at the outset (para 3), Read more

Unlikely centres of Catholic conversion Comments 0

Thursday, April 12th, 2018
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Conversion to Catholicism are on the increase in some unexpected places. In 2016, Fr Joseph Enkh Baatar was ordained in St Peter and Paul Cathedral in Ulaanbaatar. Like so many buildings in Mongolia’s capital, the cathedral is modeled after the yurt – a round tent made of animal skin in which the peoples of the Read more