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Supporting The Sisters

sistersSupporting the Sisters?

The email was from a friend who had just signed the petition to “Support the Sisters” and wondered if I would sign too. The sisters are the members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) who claim to represent 47,000 women religious.

The petition explained that the nuns were “shocked” at the “crackdown” on American nuns by the Catholic hierarchy, specifically the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. … Read More

 

How Liberating Is Liberation Theology?

diegoMany Catholics first encountered the term “liberation theology” during the 2008 presidential campaign, when then-candidate Obama’s pastor said from the pulpit, “not God bless America—God d*** America,” and was identified as a supporter of a related school of thought, “black liberation theology.”

Liberation theology (which I will abbreviate to LT) was founded by Gustavo Gutiérrez, a Dominican priest, in the 1960s. The movement arose from his experiences in dealing with poverty in Latin America.… Read More

 

Catholics And Atheism

No_GodAtheism is reportedly on the rise in America. Exact numbers are hard to determine, partly because many atheists prefer to keep their disbelief to themselves. Given the suspicion and resentment shown by some religious people, that choice is not unreasonable.

Atheism has the misfortune of being defined negatively, by what it doesn’t believe. But atheists state their position positively. The organization “American Atheists,” for example, defines atheism as loving self and fellow man “instead of a god,” as striving for “heaven” on earth rather than in an afterlife, as relying on “inner conviction and strength” rather than prayer to meet life’s challenges, and as finding fulfillment in knowledge of self and others.… Read More

 

An Odd Kind Of Hunger

As I write, The Hunger Games continues as the top box office hit. The film depicts a future North America divided into districts, each of which must send a boy and a girl to compete in an annual, nationally televised kill-or-be-killed competition.  The event, we are told, is a continuing punishment for a previous rebellion against the dominant Capitol district, and the drama arises from the combatants’ struggle for survival.… Read More

 

In Search Of Truth

pilateAfter reading my essay, American Catholics and Social Justice, which recently appeared in this journal, a priest friend said he found it “very interesting and informative” but added that “papal teaching never stands still and while Rerum Novarum is indeed a significant and historic document, Catholic Social Teaching is also a product of its time.”

I was pleased that he took the time to read the essay and to share his reaction with me, but troubled with the implications of his thinking.… Read More