Contraceptives and the Freedom of Conscience: Framing the Catholic Debate in Other Terms

I've been reading up on the fall-out over the Obama Administration's decision not to exempt large Catholic employers (hospitals, colleges, social service agencies) from provisions in the new health care laws requiring that enterprises of their scale provide insurance that covers contraceptives. You don't have to agree with Humanae Vitae to understand why the issue … Continue reading Contraceptives and the Freedom of Conscience: Framing the Catholic Debate in Other Terms

BOMB Magazine Gets Me All Theological

Harnessing both my theological and literary training, I present the curious parallel between BOMB Magazine's "tips for writers" and Romans chapter 7. Please do not send genre fiction. Please read the magazine before you even think of submitting work. Sample copies are available for purchase. Setting aside the fact that samples aren't usually something one … Continue reading BOMB Magazine Gets Me All Theological

Find Your Soul Mate, Homer: The Spirituality of Facebook Insight Metrics

This may surprise you, but I'm not one of those 30-somethings that can go deep and wide on Simpsons quotes or trivia past the second season.   The same is probably true for Seinfeld.  That said, I've never forgotten some of the nuances of the episode where Johnny Cash plays a coyote in Homer's vision quest.  … Continue reading Find Your Soul Mate, Homer: The Spirituality of Facebook Insight Metrics

Sinéad O’Connor and the New Catholic Church

Sinéad O'Connor has a moving piece up at The Huffington Post. Please read it. UPDATE: I just said this below in the comments but it really does bear saying here: I should say that I’m one of these typically low-church protestant types, but that I find much to love in the contemplative traditions of the … Continue reading Sinéad O’Connor and the New Catholic Church

Ash Wednesday and the Value of Tradition

Today marks the beginning of the forty-day Christian liturgical season known as Lent, a time of reflection, contemplation, and perhaps even sacrifice in preparation for the coming of the Holy Week that culminates in the celebration of Christ's Easter resurrection. Throughout the world on Wednesday, Christians from across denominations and traditions will make themselves known … Continue reading Ash Wednesday and the Value of Tradition