As the world awakens again to the injustice of racism with the brutal death of George Floyd, we react in horror at the sight of this death. The abuse of power is evident. But what was that police officer Derek Chauvin thinking as he knelt upon a dying man’s neck? What were the other police … More Unjust Sexual Justice
Many devout Christians within the Catholic community are suffering confusion and shame related to the recent revelations of clerical sexual abuse and its cover up by trusted bishops, archbishops, cardinals, and popes. There is hope and healing even in the midst of such painful weeping wound upon their mother church. Reform does not begin with … More Joyful Living After Spiritual Abuse
The foundational aspect of all Catholic Social Teaching (CST) is the calling to honor the dignity of all human life. Human life has an intrinsic value because the human person is made in the image and likeness of God (Genesis 1:27). This likeness to God includes the potential for eternal life well beyond the short … More Life Is Worth Living
There is significant dispute between many so called “liberal” professional women and the so called “conservative” position taken by American Catholic bishops. American Catholic bishops have created a uniquely American expression of Catholic social thought principals by focusing on “life.” In his writings and presentations, Cardinal Joseph Bernadin from Chicago … More Caring for the Poor
Catholic social teaching naturally contributes to and extends from God’s plan of love. God’s plan of love is written in natural law. Natural law can be observed scientifically. Many of the sciences like biology and psychology involve the study of living things. Likewise, Catholic social teaching honors a living God who is perpetually life-giving. Whenever … More Human Dignity and Science
Many Protestant Christians are highly suspicious of anything “mystical” – and rightly so. Mysticism has been used to abuse the faithful for centuries. So, how does one tell the difference between a true mystic and a false mystic? Mysticism is best correlated with a personality type. That is why mysticism is found in every spiritual … More The Truth About Mysticism
As we approach the holiday season, we hear the word “joy” more often. However, many people, including myself, have only a faint understanding of the true meaning of “joy.” Contrary to the popular opinion of those who are idealists, joy does not require one’s life to be in perfect condition. More often than not, joy … More What is Joy?
In academic theological circles there are many complicated definitions of faith. However, the simplest definition of faith is commonly used by the Roman Catholic Church. The Catholic Church uses real people to define faith. Today is the Feast Day for All Saints in the Catholic Church. Catholic Saints are people who demonstrated their faith in … More What is Faith?
Those who are in professional ministry, especially those in youth ministry, are often asking the question “Why are so many young people leaving our churches?” As a mother of three teenagers who have been raised in Catholic parochial schools, I have some insights into this phenomenom. I propose that the real message behind someone who says, … More Why are Young People Leaving Churches?
In Latino Catholicism Transformation in America’s Largest Church Timothy Matovina writes, “Collectively the four ministerial approaches advance the aspirations of grassroots evangelization, integration, outreach to immigrants, and building stronger structural links between Hispanics and the U.S. Catholic Church” (Matovina 154). These four factors can be used to assess the process of transmission of faith among … More Social Justice for Hispanic Catholics