Sightings Articles

church and state

liberalism | Thomas Jefferson | Catholicism | Church and State | Benedict Option

Liberalism’s Faith

On Maggie Nelson, the free exchange of ideas that fundamentalists fear, and the faith that must ground any tenable liberalism

November 11, 2021
Francis at Western Wall

Anti-Semitism | Pope Francis | Catholicism

Pope Francis And The Jewish Law (Torah)

Pope Francis accepts Vatican II's Nostra Aetate, but has yet to fully extricate himself from two millennia's teachings of contempt

October 14, 2021
kung

Catholicism | Death | dissenters | Euthanasia

The Legacy of Hans Küng

Remembering a theologian who was unafraid of rocking the boat

April 19, 2021
Pope Francis

Pope Francis | Catholicism | social justice | conservatism

Catholicism and its Disconnects

The most recent Papal encyclical highlights longstanding fault lines in contemporary Catholicism

November 16, 2020
ACB

Catholicism | U.S. Supreme Court | Christian Right | political religion

The Problem with Calling Amy Coney Barrett Too Catholic

The tendentious historical origins of American Catholic Conservatism

October 29, 2020
Quote

Flannery O'Connor | Race and religion | Jesuits | higher education | Catholicism

A Summer Correspondence

The decision to rename a dormitory reveals the fragility of historical nuance

September 21, 2020
fleabag

Religion and Literature | Film | Catholicism | pop culture

When a Vow Turns Out to be... a Vow: ‘Fleabag’

Exploring religion's leading role in the hit television series “Fleabag”

April 20, 2020
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