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Spousal Abuse and the Stories of the Saints

I love the saints, and always have; I remember pulling out my copy of the old Fr. Lovasik 1950s-era Picture Book of Saints (you know the one) and reading the stories straight through, rapt with attention to the diverse names, places, historical eras, and stories. As a girl, I was particularly drawn to...

Spousal Abuse and the Stories of the Saints

Chinese Catholicism: Dialogue, Resistance, and Cardinal Zen

On Wednesday, May 11, the former Bishop of Hong Kong, Cardinal Joseph Zen, was arrested along with several other activists on charges related to their involvement with a now-inactive charity, the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which was founded to help provide financial support for those arrested during the 2019 pro-democracy protests in Hong...

Chinese Catholicism: Dialogue, Resistance, and Cardinal Zen

The Power of Words

If you have ever been teased or bullied, you know the power that words have to build up or destroy. My family moved to the Detroit suburbs when I was in the middle of seventh grade. I left a Catholic K-8 grade school for a rather affluent county school district and its middle...

The Power of Words

Discerning good questions from bad questions

Authentic dialogue depends on asking and answering good questions. It is often hard to distinguish good questions from bad ones, however. Luke’s Gospel records two seemingly similar questions in response to angelic messages. When Zechariah was told that his wife would bear a son, he said “How will I know that this is...

Discerning good questions from bad questions

Which Pope said this?

Nor can we pass over in silence the audacity of those who, not enduring sound doctrine, contend that “without sin and without any sacrifice of the Catholic profession assent and obedience may be refused to those judgments and decrees of the Apostolic See, whose object is declared to concern the Church’s general good...

Which Pope said this?

Francis the Pacifist

When is it good to kill another human being? The only correct answer, the one offered by the Church, is “never.” As Jesus said, “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But...

Francis the Pacifist

The Pope’s Clear Position on Ukraine

Wars make strange bedfellows, and their first casualty is truth. War is always the hour of darkness, when disorder reigns, brute power sets the rules, and the innocent are crushed; when human appetites — lust, greed, rage, revenge — are unleashed and given free expression. What we hear is happening now in Ukraine...

The Pope’s Clear Position on Ukraine

Discussing Race and Racism in a Catholic Context

Listen on: Apple | Google | Spotify In today’s episode of Field Hospital, Jeannie Gaffigan and I talk to our old friend Sam Rocha, a professor at the University of British Columbia, about issues of race and racism in the Church and our society. I’m sure most Catholics in the US agree that racism is immoral and evil,...

Discussing Race and Racism in a Catholic Context

The pro-life movement and ethical principles

Since the news broke of the leaked draft of the decision in Roe v. Wade, I have been pleasantly surprised that many pro-lifers are expressing the notion that “the real work starts now.” The authors of these articles and social media posts suggest that they understand that providing legal protection for the unborn...

The pro-life movement and ethical principles
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