Too often, when we talk about racism in the United States, we frame it as a sin of the past or as personal ignorance or prejudice. In many educational settings, we see emerging emphasis on […]
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Confronting Whiteness as the Risen Body of Jesus
The U.S. Catholic Church, Joseph Flipper writes, “is shaped by, and continues to operate out of, a matrix of whiteness.” As a result, the church’s identity and mission are distorted by its normative whiteness—as well as […]
White Supremacy and Roman Catholic Patriarchy
White supremacy and patriarchy have been built up for centuries, each using and advancing the other as its predicate. Like the proverbial threads woven in a sweater, white supremacy and patriarchy are intricately and intentionally […]
The Duty of Remembering Pentecost
One of the most harrowing moments of my young life as a theologian in formation was when I found myself at an academic gathering listening to a seemingly innocuous academic exchange. The space was filled […]
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Of Saints and Symbols
Over the past few months, the United States has been grappling with racism in a way that it has not in recent years. The current discourse has included a greater discussion within the Church of these issues as well. And, one hopes, that the continued discussion will bring further healing and reconciliation, especially with regard to the failures of the American Church to address racism and how it has facilitated racism.
Despite this healthy introspection, an additional phenomenon has arisen that has affected the nature of the discussion: the destruction of the statues of saints. The actual destruction or threatened destruction of these statues is almost beside the point. There will always be people seeking to engage in behavior of this sort. What has taken my interest is the response of some Catholics that—rather than defend the saints—take the opportunity to call for a reexamination of the saint, and what they represent.
Preaching Your First Sermon on Racism: A Guide for White Pastors
In all my years of going to church, the only times I have ever heard a sermon about racism was when the priest was black. I have never heard a white pastor give a sermon […]
Women Theologians You Should Be Reading Right Now: 2019 Edition
On this International Women’s Day, a 2019 update to last year’s primer on new and notable works from women theologians and religious historians. Add them to your personal libraries and/or get your universities to buy […]
Clericalism, Conversion, and Church Reform
By B. Kevin Brown Since the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report on clergy sexual abuse was released, several news articles, commentaries, blogs, and Pope Francis’ Letter to the People of God all have helpfully pointed to […]
Imagining Faith: A Tribute to Dr. King
I have to go soon, I don’t have much time. This is my last class teaching at Notre Dame. Have I found the voice with which I sing? Have I found the voice with which […]
A Failure in Public Theology: The Non-Defense of James Martin, SJ
The lack of engagement by academic theologians in the face of recent attacks against Fr. James Martin, SJ raises deeper questions on the state of public theology. Who is directing the narrative of public theology today? Have academic theologians ceded the public discourse on theology to a handful of loud angry voices?
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