Category Journal

How Long? Not Long: Our Need of Rest and Renewal

This post by Brendan Busse, SJ is also featured on The Jesuit Post. At the end of the 5-day march from Selma to Montgomery, Martin Luther King, Jr. noted that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” Some days we may feel the curve of this arc but many days […]

The Promise and Limits of Finding the Common Ground on Abortion

A common refrain among Catholics who believe that abortion should be legal is that “no one is pro-abortion.” That’s just not true. This is not a disagreement between culture warriors and those who prefer a different approach. It is between those who can accept reality and those who won’t. Some people simply have no moral […]

You’re Not Too Holy to Give Stuff Up for Lent

A popular trend in recent years has been to do something positive for Lent rather than to give something up. This ranges from the very challenging (see Kerry Weber’s Mercy in the City) to the more basic (to choose kindness in our daily actions). This seems to align with Pope Francis’ call to give up […]

The Tragic Case of the Pelican Chick: Nature’s Cruelty and God’s Compassion

Two weekends (and two blizzards) ago, famed Catholic theologian Elizabeth Johnson, C.S.J., delivered a presentation for the Boston College Lumen et Vita Conference entitled “Christ and the Pelican Chick: A Hope Renewed?” Johnson’s image of the pelican chick was a provocative one. In her presentation, she explained that pelicans typically give birth to multiple chicks […]

Pope to Address US Congress: Call for an End to the Throwaway Culture

John Boehner, the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, has announced that Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress in September of this year. This historic address will mark the first time a pope has spoken before Congress. What will the pope’s message be? Given Francis’ penchant for speaking directly and […]

Ready for Hillary the Populist?

Hillary Clinton will be the heavy favorite to win the Democratic nomination for the presidency in 2016 should she enter the race. And unlike in 2008, she will not have to contend with a once-in-a-generation candidate like Barack Obama, who mixed excellent strategy, soaring speeches, and deep personal appeal to defeat her. The conventional wisdom […]

A Bittersweet Canonization: Junipero Serra and His Mixed Legacy

Kids growing up in California spend their 4th grade history classes learning about the history of their state—from its inception as a Spanish colony to the Bear Flag Revolt to becoming the modern-day 8th largest economy in the world. A major part of the curriculum is devoted to the Spanish Mission system—a system of 21 […]


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