Author: Daniel Amiri

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Christ Is Our Peace

“Christ is our peace,” says St. Paul in his Letter to the Ephesians (2:14), but peace eludes us. Our quest to uproot injustice inevitably reveals more deep-seated injustices even while new ones continue to crop up. The problem is sin....

Christ Is Our Peace
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The Self-Defeating Christian Commentariat

The lack of the unity in the Church in recent years has given rise to more than just a penchant for irrational scientific beliefs and moral dogmatism. It has also allowed the sin of vainglory to flourish and find new...

The Self-Defeating Christian Commentariat
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Will Vos Estis Stop Another McCarrick?

The McCarrick Report details Theodore McCarrick’s rise through the ranks of the Catholic Church while he sexually abused young men and minors and successfully covered up his crimes. The Report captures the horror of Theodore McCarrick’s sins in a glaringly...

Will Vos Estis Stop Another McCarrick?
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Peace Is Achieved in Respectful Conflict

Our world is in need of peace. All around the globe, and especially in the United States, we see the rotten fruits of a society that is not at peace. There is violence in the streets, rage on social media,...

Peace Is Achieved in Respectful Conflict
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Misreading Francis on Private Property

We have come to know and expect that whenever the pope writes or says anything of significance, he will earn the ire of professional provocateurs. Now, in the eighth year of Francis’s papacy, there’s a certain comforting predictability about the...

Misreading Francis on Private Property
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Towards an Inclusive Capitalism

One key to understanding the Church’s teaching on the economy is to ask—as Francis does in Fratelli Tutti—whether we “include or exclude those lying wounded along the roadside” (FT 69). This is, of course, a reference to the parable of...

Towards an Inclusive Capitalism
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“Digital connectivity is not enough to build bridges”

The pandemic has revealed how inadequate our virtual lifestyles are for sustaining strong communities. Yes, the lockdowns, capacity limits, and other precautions were necessitated by a charity towards others in our society, especially the elderly and other vulnerable populations, and...

“Digital connectivity is not enough to build bridges”

Faith Is the Antidote to QAnon

While it’s a phenomenon that began online, the QAnon movement has found its way into the discourse and lives of ordinary Americans. With its conspiracy-laden messages, Q taps into Americans’ deep-seated angst about their government, cultural forces they can’t comprehend,...

Faith Is the Antidote to QAnon

The Parish Is a Gift

We are who we are because of the radical gift of God’s love as revealed in faith. Our identity as Catholic Christians can only be understood in the context of this gift. Everything else is ancillary. As Pope Francis says...

The Parish Is a Gift

To Preserve Culture Is To Kill It

To attempt to preserve a culture is the surest way to kill it. Like a flower that is pruned so it can be put on display, cultures begin to die when they are removed from their roots. The Catholic culture...

To Preserve Culture Is To Kill It

Statues and Living Stones

A culture can grow barren when it “becomes inward-looking, and tries to perpetuate obsolete ways of living by rejecting any exchange or debate with regard to the truth about man.”  — Pope Francis Querida Amazonia 37 (quoting St. John Paul...

Statues and Living Stones

The Failures of Champion Bishops

The Church in the West is facing profound challenges as it seeks to evangelize. By most visible metrics—those that rely on data from surveys and professional research on religious practice and belief—the Church is in decline. This decline can be...

The Failures of Champion Bishops

Masks Are Not a Symbol of Fear

Two recent viral videos that circulated on Twitter recently underscored just how divisive mask-wearing has become. The videos themselves might elicit embarrassment-by-proxy and certainly aren’t reflective of everyone who chooses not to wear a mask, but these videos are emblematic...

Masks Are Not a Symbol of Fear

Selfless Love and the Theology of the Body

In commemoration of the 100th birthday of St. John Paul II, I wanted to reflect briefly on one aspect of his teaching, the monumental “Theology of the Body.” Presented in a series of 129 Wednesday Audiences proclaimed to the lay...

Selfless Love and the Theology of the Body

The State of Social Media Theology

Aristotle opened Metaphysics with a simple statement: “All men by nature desire to know.” 2,500 years later, the question we face today–in a culture where we are continuously bombarded with information–is whether this desire can be tempered and directed toward...

The State of Social Media Theology

Wednesdays with Pope Francis: The Church

In this catechesis series, Pope Francis teaches us about the Church. This is the third course in the “Wednesdays with Pope Francis” series. The first course was on the sacraments. The second course was on the gifts of the Holy...

Wednesdays with Pope Francis: The Church

Grasping at the Common Good

What will our world look like when this experiment in liberalism comes to an end? I am not asking this hypothetically. The reality is that once-democratic societies around the globe are increasingly eschewing the principles of liberalism in order to...

Grasping at the Common Good

The Plans of St. Thomas

The Gospel reading for the second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday, tells the story of “Doubting Thomas.” I was grateful for the reminder that Saint Thomas was late to the game (so to speak) not just by a day...

The Plans of St. Thomas

The Outsider: The Story of an Embattled Pope

Book review of Pope Francis and His Battle to Reform the Church Christopher Lamb Orbis Books   Of all the books I’ve read about the Francis pontificate — for, against or neutral — Christopher Lamb’s latest contribution was certainly the...

The Outsider: The Story of an Embattled Pope