Analysis and Comment

The sacramentality of adoption Comments 0

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

One of the radical insights of the Second Vatican Council is the salvific character of married life. Marriage is not a secondary vocation for those who are not strong enough to embrace celibacy, but instead offers an icon of love that the entire church is called to contemplate. The married couple’s self-gift, embodied in the Read more

Lessons learned in mission at home Comments 0

Thursday, December 6th, 2018

Many years ago as a young man born and raised in Baltimore, I spent a very different week getting a taste of life in Appalachia. The opportunity to travel from the hustle of big city life to the quiet beautiful mountainous area of eastern Kentucky – to deepen my Catholic faith, experience Christian community with Read more

Waiting Comments 0

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

It seems that at any time in our lives, we are waiting for something. The child is waiting for her birthday. The young man waits for his exam results while the girl who sits next to him, waits for him to notice her. The family sit around an injured cyclist, waiting for him to regain Read more

Mission: Love or colonisation? Comments 0

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

John Allen Chau’s life could be summed up in two sentences, according to his family. He loved God. And he had “nothing but love for the Sentinelese people.” Chau, a young missionary from the United States, was killed on Nov. 17 while illegally attempting to invade the land of the North Sentinel Islanders, an indigenous Read more

Pope’s abuse summit may be his ‘last chance’ Comments 0

Monday, December 3rd, 2018
Irish visit

A clerical sexual abuse survivor calls a summit on child protection that will take place at the Vatican Feb. 21-24, involving presidents of all bishops’ conferences around the world as well as the pope’s own top aides, a “last chance” for the Vatican to be taken seriously. “If this 2019 meeting ends with nothing more Read more

Newspaper editors: Change ‘church’ to ‘hierarchy’ Comments 0

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

It is time to stop using the term “Catholic church” as a synonym for “Catholic hierarchy.” We all do it. “The church teaches such and such.” “The church lobbied against gay marriage.” “The church failed to protect children.” “The church is homophobic and sexist.” “The church is authoritarian.” “I hate the church.” The word “church” Read more

Mental illness in a theological context Comments 0

Thursday, November 29th, 2018
mental illness

I was the lone theologian among psychologists sitting on the “Faith and Mental Illness” panel my alma mater’s chapter of The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) was hosting. This panel, unbeknownst to me, had been scheduled as the pinnacle event at the end of a week filled with much-anticipated conversations and workshops. After what Read more

Forget Brexit, war in Ukraine is the biggest threat to Europe Comments 0

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

While parliament fiddles, Europe burns, or at least sputters into flame. History could not be clearer. The diversion of the Russo-Ukrainian conflict into the Sea of Azov is precisely the kind of escalation that has preceded Europe’s past cataclysms. A great power treats a little one with contempt. A little one responds with violence, expecting Read more

The limits of transparency in a broken world Comments 0

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Can’t the truth set us free? In the last couple weeks, it was revealed that the US Justice department has secretly (ironic) charged Wiki-leaks founder Julian Assange with publicizing government secrets. Also recently, the US Catholic bishops voted down a resolution which would have encouraged the Vatican to release all its documentation on the disgraced Read more

Teachers should have been top priority Comments 0

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

I bet the Government is regretting its $2.8 billion fees-free promise right about now. And if it’s not, it should be. Last Friday, secondary school teachers and principals rejected the Government’s second pay offer, and voted to strike in term one. While the strike may still be averted, it’s not looking good, with the Government Read more