Category: Essays & Profiles

People-Watching on the Bus: A Report from Hawaii by Gene Ciarlo

A dispatch from the "fantastic study in human diversity" that is Honolulu, Hawaii.
April 8, 2020/by tac

Editorial: Our Collective Fragility

However we choose to modify our behavior in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, it will be rooted in a new understanding of our interdependence.
April 8, 2020/by tac

A Plea for Priority: The Crisis of Climate Change by Jane M. Bailey

The Association of US Catholic Priests, the Catholic Climate Initiative, and numerous other groups are leading the response to the climate crisis. Here is what you can do to help.
March 15, 2020/by tac

Divine Maternal Power by Christine Schenk

People who live close to the earth have much to teach us about living in harmony with a fractured world beloved by God, who in Pope John Paul I’s words is “our father; even more he is our mother.”
March 15, 2020/by tac

Christopher Dawson and a Catholic Philosophy of History by Roger Karny

Notes on a philosopher who felt that the biggest trial of our time was the way in which Western culture must learn to integrate its passion for freedom with the need for unity.
March 15, 2020/by tac

Beauty, Fragility, and the Icon of Tenderness by Michael Ford

There is a relationship between a gentle God and his beloved creation, no matter our disadvantages, inadequacy, or fragility. Living a contemplative life helps us appreciate these connections.
March 15, 2020/by tac

A Lenten Assessment of the State of the Church by Ed Burns  

Are we, as a community of Catholic believers, being faithful to our vocation to be the presence of the Risen Christ in the world?
March 15, 2020/by tac

Editorial: “Think Bigger”: On Bishop Robert W. McElroy and the Conscience of the Catholic Vote

Catholic voters are called to reconcile spiritual and civic life in the lead-up to the 2020 elections.
March 15, 2020/by tac

Connecting Church and Labor by Clayton Sinyai

Pope Leo XIII, in the encyclical Rerum Novarum (1891), saw that modern society was dividing into two classes: owners of capital, whose wealth consistently increased, and hired workers, who were pressed toward poverty by highly competitive labor markets.
February 15, 2020/by tac

Contemplation Roots Authentic Revolution by Alex Mikulich

We may miss that this seasonal and societal dark night, so fraught with brokenness in our minds, bodies, and spirits, is God’s milieu of prayer.
February 15, 2020/by tac

From Child Star to Hospital Chaplain by Michael Ford

"One of life’s lessons is that intense pain takes each of us on a highly personal journey—we’re alone with it and have to muddle through in the hope that the sunshine will one day make its way back into our lives."
February 15, 2020/by tac

Small Groups and Social Justice by Claire N. Dale

Opportunities for learning, listening, sharing, and social justice outreach abound in a New Jersey parish.
February 15, 2020/by tac

Breaking Hearts and Breaking Rules by Gene Ciarlo

Can a sociological phenomenon as large as the Roman Catholic Church maintain unity and discipline, a common belief and practice, a collective agreement on teachings and expression of belief, and still remain faithful to the mind and spirit of its founder and center of focus, Jesus the Christ?
February 15, 2020/by tac

Editorial: A Culture of Encounter: On the Pastoral Letters of Bishop Mark Joseph Seitz

In his two recent pastoral letters, the bishop offers a roadmap forward, founded on a culture of encounter, infused with the life of the sacraments, and expressive in the end of charity, justice, and hope.
February 15, 2020/by tac

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