Grace

Catholic Church | sexual abuse | Catholicism

By the Grace of ... God?

How a recent film raises important questions about Catholic sacramental theology in light of the Church's sex abuse scandal

February 6, 2020
anti-Catholicism

Catholicism

Anti-Anti-Catholicism

Is anti-Catholicism on the rise once again in the U.S.?

December 9, 2019

Catholicism | education

Catholic Schools Tomorrow

“The then-U.S. Office of Education wrote in a 1903 report that the system of Catholic free parochial schools was the most impressive religious fact in the country at that time.” I sighted this quote in a review of Parish School: A History of American...

February 11, 2019

Catholic Church | Catholicism | Catholics | higher education | Roman Catholicism

Catholic Identity: A Balancing Act?

Early in my writing career I set out to describe a certain posture or pose, and chose—pretentiously, I admit—to speak of an “equilibristic stance.” The article which included this ungainly phrase was then translated into German, where it appeared, au...

June 24, 2018

American Latinos | Catholic Church | Catholicism | Catholics

Our Latino Neighbors

Who is my neighbor? That question is asked of Jesus in the Gospels. “Neighbor” can mean someone who lives nearby, and this question about physical proximities and distances gets answered first by demographers. Television in our city, Chicago, once up...

April 23, 2018

Catholic Church | Catholicism | Catholics | Pope Francis | Roman Catholicism | Ross Douthat

Papal Polarities

“Will Pope Francis Cause a Schism in the Catholic Church?” That headline in The New Yorker (April 16) is subheaded: “In his new book, ‘To Change the Church,’ the Times columnist Ross Douthat critiques the Pontiff.” Such an opener requires some backgr...

April 16, 2018

Catholic Church | Catholicism | Catholics | Ireland | Roman Catholicism

Down and Out in Catholic Ireland

I used to teach with or alongside Emmet Larkin, University of Chicago expert on the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, motivated in part to understand Chicago Catholicism, which still numbers a couple hundred thousand people. Larkin wrote much and tut...

March 12, 2018

Catholic Church | Catholicism | Catholics | Pope Francis

The Pope, the Mafia, and the Rest of Us

This past June, the Pope spoke critically of the Mafia, and did so in its heartland region in Italy. He threatened to excommunicate anyone who was part of this international crime syndicate. So here we have the unquestioned leader of the largest reli...

September 18, 2017

Catholic Church | Catholicism | Catholics | gay rights | Jesuits | LGBT rights | Roman Catholicism

The Necessity of Bridge-Building

David Levithan, author of Boy Meets Boy (2003) and Two Boys Kissing (2013), will be awarded with the 2017 Chicago Tribune Young Adult Literary Prize at next weekend’s Printer’s Row Lit Fest in Chicago. Many of the bestselling author’s books feature g...

June 5, 2017

Catholicism | Church Militant | Detroit | Michael Voris | Steve Bannon

The Church Militant

Headlines in the Detroit Free Press, which reached us recently via USA Today, and the Chicago Sun-Times, from the second-to-last day of last year, were wake-up alarms alerting readers to yet another extremist group of the sort that prospers in these ...

February 27, 2017