Tag Archive for justice

Endowed by Their Creator

In yesterday’s post Artemus shared a men’s group discussion regarding the recent Supreme Court decision, Obergefell v. Hodges, of the inevitable clash between those who follow the ‘dictatorship of relativism’ and those believing in objective moral truth. This came close to home yesterday when, during a phone call, my wife had a debate, at times heated, with her sister. At the heart of this exchange was the meaning of the word “dignity.” The uproar in media was about this word as well. After all of the celebrations, parades & euphoria subsided the media set its sights on Clarence Thomas and

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Manhattan Monkey Trial

GENESIS 1:24-28 Then God said: Let the earth bring forth every kind of living creature: tame animals, crawling things, and every kind of wild animal. And so it happened: God made every kind of wild animal, every kind of tame animal, and every kind of thing that crawls on the ground. God saw that it was good. Then God said: Let us make human beings in our image, after our likeness. Let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, the tame animals, all the wild animals, and all the creatures that crawl on

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Is All ‘Inequality’ Created Equal?

Over the last several weeks, I’ve seen a 2009 opinion piece by former President Jimmy Carter resurface on social media — apparently it went viral over Easter this year. Entitled “Losing my religion for equality,” it offers Mr. Carter’s rationale for breaking off his longtime relationship with the Southern Baptist Convention on the grounds that the group’s leadership “quoting a few carefully selected Bible verses and claiming that Eve was created second to Adam and was responsible for original sin, ordained that women must be ‘subservient’ to their husbands and prohibited from serving as deacons, pastors or chaplains in the military service.” As

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Can We Have It Both Ways?

The Christ Pantocrator from St. Catherine’s Monastery on the Sinai Peninsula provides an unusual, somewhat disconcerting, vision of Jesus, with each half of his face portraying a very different expression. Some have suggested this portrayal is meant to underscore his divine and human aspects, while others characterize his visage as combining God’s justice and mercy. A number of events and issues, both in the wide world and my own life, have me thinking more deeply about the role of, and balance between, justice and mercy in our Catholic faith. Over the years, different priests have guided me back to Church and the Catholic

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Where Will Make Our Stand?

Last week, the most compelling thing I read was a letter from besieged Washington state florist Baronelle Stutzman, quoted in full by First Things in a post called “Stand with Baronelle Stutzman.” Stutzman refused to provide flowers for a longtime customer’s same-sex wedding, and is now facing the potential loss of her livelihood and home to a discrimination lawsuit filed by the Washington attorney general. The letter is worth reading. Stutzman clearly and courageously refuses an offer to settle the lawsuit: Washington’s constitution guarantees us “freedom of conscience in all matters of religious sentiment.” I cannot sell that precious freedom.

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Reflections on Race in America: A Catholic’s Perspective Part 3

How might practical Catholics respond to the current state of race relations in America?  Often the topic only comes up when accompanied by controversy and incident-driven tension.  Navigating such a delicate conversation, if you even dare such a thing, is risky business that can backfire with hurt feelings, hurt egos, misunderstandings and damaged friendships.  Trying to “win” the argument is as fruitless as grasping water. Still, we cannot and should not intentionally avoid the topic altogether.  It is important that we understand what is happening and form the basis of a response.  Here are a few steps, respectfully submitted. 1. Follow Church teaching on

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Reflections on Race in America: A Catholic’s Perspective Part 2

So what do I believe is happening to black America?  In order of causality and importance:   FAMILY LIFE I am inclined to think that the systematic dismantling of the black family in America is the single most important factor in the relative stagnation of aggregate black living standards.  This is certainly not an original thesis, but there is merit in learning the underlying data in order to defend the position. According to CDC, the out-of-wedlock birth rates in 1964 for white and black children were 7 % and 25 %, respectively; currently those rates are 29 % and 72 %,

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Reflections on Race in America: A Catholic’s Perspective Part 1

On the heels of the spectacle in Ferguson, Missouri I’ve tried reconciling my feelings about what’s really going on there and across the nation in regard to race relations.  Despite the undeniable improvement in opportunity for minorities in the U.S. in the last 50 years, I continue to strongly suspect a Faustian bargain of sorts in this so-called “progress.” My own experience tells me things have changed in these last several decades, and probably why I am driven to better understand what is happening in our nation, to the black demographic.  I grew up in a nearly all-black community and was the

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Gosnell Redux? I Sure Hope Not, But…

So, “Dr” Kermit Gosnell agreed to forego any appeals to his convictions on three counts of murdering live babies, in exchange for life sentences rather than the death penalty.  (Odd, the man who banally snipped the spines of children to kill them, clings stubbornly to his own life, but that’s another post some time)  God have mercy on his soul and on those souls whom he corrupted and those of his victims. As surreal and horrific the details of this case are, I predict there are other men and women out there doing the same thing, and under the same guise

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