Author Archives: Kate Gordon

How to Create a Church of the Poor

“This is the hour of the poor, of the millions of poor throughout the earth. This is the hour of the mystery of the Mother Church of the Poor, this is the hour of the mystery of Christ above all in the poor.” –Cardinal Giacomo Lercaro, December 6, 1962. “How I would love a church […]

Michael Argenyi’s Victory and How Universities Should Respond

Twenty years after the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act, some exceptionally talented people are still not able to use their talents to heal. Frequently it is the attitude of “normal” people that prevents this, not the actual condition of the people these laws seek to protect. As the Supreme Court put it, “Society’s […]

Believing in the God of Life or Serving the Idols of Death

“Either we believe in the God of life, or we serve the idols of death”—Oscar Romero In the pre-dawn hours of Thursday, November 16, 1989, a group of armed men forced their way into the rectory of the University of Central America in El Salvador. The elite special forces of the Salvadoran military dragged six […]

Why Pro-life and Pro-choice Advocates Should Find the Common Ground

In his first major interview as pope and in his papacy as a whole, Pope Francis is giving us a unique opportunity to hit the reset button on our approach to abortion. He is rejecting the culture war mentality of many members of the hierarchy. At the same time, he has shown no intention to change the […]

Breaking: General Efrain Rios Montt Convicted of Genocide in National Courts of Guatemala

The Maya Ixil community, with the support of the Guatemalan community, and the international community, has just won a monumental achievement in the development of international human rights law. Thirty-one years after the Guatemalan military wiped more than 500 indigenous villages off the map, General Efrain Rios Montt, the head of state at the time […]

Pope Francis Begins to Address the Sexual Abuse Crisis

On Thursday, for the first time since his election, Pope Francis addressed the sexual abuse crisis: Vatican City, 5 April 2013 (VIS) – This morning the Holy Father received in audience Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Muller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. A communique released by that dicastery reads that, during the […]

Pope Francis: Side with the Victims and Heal This Church

The week before Pope Benedict announced his resignation, I found myself at my parish on both Saturday and Sunday without quite managing to go to Mass. I did facilitate a workshop with a good friend on Saturday and attended yet another planning meeting on Sunday, but didn’t take the few steps upstairs to the sanctuary, […]


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