The fascist creep is quickening. We have been forced to acknowledge it anew, and Trump’s departure seems likely not to slow it. Many and perhaps most of the people who took over the Capitol building […]
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.
Catholicism’s White Supremacy Problem Has Infected Sojourners
Editor’s note: Since this piece was written, Sojourners has publicly apologized for taking down Martin’s piece & re-published the essay. The past statements on the article, including the one cited below, can be found here. […]
A Week of Prayer for Women’s Ministry
In the western church yesterday, July 22, was the Feast of St. Mary Magdalene, named the apostola apostolorum, the Apostle to the Apostles, thanks to her unique role as the first disciple to see the […]
Statement of Catholic Theologians, Educators, Parishioners, and Lay Leaders On Clergy Sexual Abuse in the United States
This guest post is a prayer and letter written by Dr. Susan Reynolds, Assistant Professor of Catholic Studies at Emory University Candler School of Theology. To add your signature to the 5000+ signatures below, visit:/Para […]
“Rejoice and Be Glad” : Some Initial Impressions
My personal call to sanctity does not usually involve getting up earlier than usual to read newly released Apostolic Exhortations, but in today’s newly released Gaudete et Exsultate, Pope Francis writes that the “holiness to […]
Paschal Candle, Paschal Vigil, Paschal Mystery
Each semester, when teaching the passion, death, and resurrection narratives of the Gospels to my students, I also teach the Paschal Mystery and assign the text of the Exsultet. The Exsultet is the prayer chanted […]
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?
Animal, Vegetable, or Mineral?
Last night Fordham University, in association with Religion News Service and Salt and Light Media, held a debate on the effects of the first five year’s of Pope Francis’s pontificate, between theologian and historian Massimo […]
Finding Sainthood: An Academic Contribution to Nicholas Black Elk’s Cause for Canonization
By Michael Steltenkamp, S.J. A well-known passage in the New Testament reports an incident that took place after the resurrection of Jesus (Luke 24:13-36). The scene depicts two of his disciples walking on a road […]
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