Author: Matt Kappadakunnel

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Choose Mercy this Lent

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus challenges us to go “and learn the meaning of the words, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice’” (9:13). Here Jesus quotes from Hosea Chapter 6, which begins with a call to return to the Lord who will...

Choose Mercy this Lent
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Meeting Pope Francis: Memories of an Encounter

Meeting Pope Francis was an unforgettable experience. In the winter of 2017, my wife and I planned a “babymoon” trip to Italy and France. We planned to spend the beginning of our trip in Rome around Christmastime. Through our parish,...

Meeting Pope Francis: Memories of an Encounter
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GameStop and the Call to Solidarity

GameStop made headlines this week when its stock price skyrocketed, shocking the investment community. After some hedge fund giants placed bets that the company’s stock price would fall (by short-selling the stock), their bets had abysmal results as retail investors...

GameStop and the Call to Solidarity
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Dignity & Justice: A Call to Conversion

In recent years, Americans have experienced a significant surge in anti-immigration rhetoric. This rhetoric has been targeted at people from Muslim nations and from south of our border. For the latter category especially, the rhetoric has often dehumanized migrants from...

Dignity & Justice: A Call to Conversion
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The Sacred Heart and the scourge of “Sowhatism”

In recent years, we’ve witnessed members of religious and political circles repeatedly engage in a form of rhetoric known as “whataboutism.” This is a technique of responding to an accusation or difficult question with posing a counteraccusation or pointing out...

The Sacred Heart and the scourge of “Sowhatism”
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Reframing the Catholic Spectrum into a Polyhedron

The year 2020 has revealed much division among Catholics in the United States. Members of the Church—clergy, hierarchy, and laity—demonstrated numerous rifts in their incongruent and contradictory responses to three significant lighting rods: the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice, and the...

Reframing the Catholic Spectrum into a Polyhedron
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The Mortal Sin of Racism

In 2020, racial violence and police brutality towards Black persons have profoundly marked this tragic year beset by the Coronavirus pandemic. We’re concluding Black Catholic History Month today. Various Catholic organizations noted the celebration in some way. For example, the...

The Mortal Sin of Racism

Moral discernment or (evil) genius?

On August 26, 2020, Crisis Magazine published an article entitled, “The Genius of Father Martin,” a title that was later edited to read, “The (Evil) Genius of Father Martin,” as shown in the title’s current form. The article suggested that...

Moral discernment or (evil) genius?