Canada | Catholic Church | Max Scheler | Pope Francis | Roman Catholicism

Apologies to Native People

One would expect a headline beginning “A Pope Given to Apologies…” to be followed by a journalistic story which is likely to quicken the interest of readers. Pope Francis has made many headlines over stories which focus on the recipients of such apol...

April 30, 2018

Martin Luther | Max Scheler | Pope John Paul II | Reformation | repentance

Repent!

Last Monday the Sightings editor republished a “classic” column from a previous century, specifically from 1999. What was I doing that kept me from writing and presenting a fresh item? One answer could be: I was sinning, so I would have something tha...

October 30, 2017

elitism | Islamophobia | Max Scheler | populism | ressentiment | scapegoating

What's Ressentiment Got to Do with It

Should our republic and, with it, its kin in Western Europe survive, any and all attempts to transcend the current chaos will have to begin with, or at least include, diagnosis and analysis of what got us here. Whoever reads the internet messages, ed...

February 6, 2017

slavery | sin | guilt | evil | Jesuits | penance | teaching moment | Max Scheler

Georgetown

In a comment to one of the many blog posts about a controversy concerning Georgetown University’s past with slavery, we read: “I did not enslave anyone. I did not profit from slavery.” Such an abrupt dismissal of the moral issues is alienating, but t...

June 6, 2016