The horrible tragedy of water poisoning in Flint, Michigan, is the latest example of systematic bias in daily American life. Systematic bias, sometimes referred to as structural or systemic bias, is one of the more […]
Editor’s Note: This post comes from our Blog Partner, Hope Sings So Beautiful. It was written by Chris Pramuk of Xavier University. I particularly appreciate this post for the way Pramuk questions the language of contemporary […]
In this Sunday’s first reading we walk in on the third act of a much longer play. Act One was set in the heavenly court where God is speaking with the satan, literally “the accuser,” […]
By John DeCostanza, Jr. On this date 50 years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. stood on the steps of the Alabama State House in Montgomery and addressed a crowd of 25,000 who had assembled […]
St. Patrick’s Day confronts us with the sin of racism and the obligation for those who honor this saint to work to end discrimination.
I’ve been struggling, like many, in the past weeks and especially in the past 48 hours to think and respond to the failure of grand juries to indict either Officer Darren Wilson for the death […]
As a white guy wading into the thicket of commentary related to Ferguson, I need to say one thing up front: The economic, political, and social structures of white supremacy that both overtly and covertly […]
This could have been a teaching moment about the “catholicity” of the church and the call of Pope Francis to build a world of solidarity and justice. Instead, it betrays a deadly combination of fear, […]
By Bridget O’Brien
As a native daughter of Philadelphia, I’ve been following news of Francis’s planned trip there since it was more an assumption than a fact. That probably seems reasonable—it’s not every day the pontiff visits your hometown—but if I’m honest, it’s not Francis-mania that makes me scroll through pages of coverage. I’m excited about the pope . . . but the level of energy I’ve invested in following rumors of Francis’s impending visit to Philadelphia is not significantly lower than the energy I invest in rumors of friends’ spouses’ cousins’ visiting Philadelphia.
Philadelphians are obsessed with Philly.
The Supreme Court of the United States is overwhelmingly composed of Roman Catholics. Of the nine justices, six affirm themselves as Roman Catholic, while the other three self-identify as Jewish. This is a very new phenomenon, in place only […]