the dialogue about abortion

Over at Via Media, Amy’s started a discussion about dialogue. 1) Who are the parties in the dialogue? 2) Where is this dialogue situated? Should be an interesting conversation. To take things a step further, what are the necessary ingredients/principles in dialogue? What does dialogue look like in practice? I’ve made some efforts in the […]

the Catholic Church, politicians and abortion

From an Associated Press story yesterday: [Archbishop] Chaput, one of the nation’s most outspoken bishops on Catholic political responsibility, said Catholics who disagree with the church on “serious, sanctity of life issues” separate themselves from communion with the church and should not present themselves for the Eucharist. Biden “has admirable qualities to his public service,” […]

podcast episode 2: the meaning of communion

One of the hot-button issues of our time is: Should Holy Communion be given to political candidates who publicly favor abortion? Many Catholic Americans have a tendency to frame this question in a merely legal or disciplinary way. Very few seem to ask the sacramental and theological question: “What does receiving the Eucharist express?” Once […]

my brother’s keeper

Brother kills brother. Like the first fratricide, every murder is a violation of the “spiritual” kinship uniting mankind in one great family, in which all share the same fundamental good: equal personal dignity. Not infrequently the kinship “of flesh and blood” is also violated; for example when threats to life arise within the relationship between parents […]