Lessons on Gun Control from ‘Down Under’

In these days following the initial presentation of President Obama’s encouraging agenda to help curb the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction in the form of firearms, there is a lot of talk about the pros and cons, the challenges and the need to make this sort of change happen. Today’s New York Times includes a guest […]

A Nobel Peace Prize Won Last Term, A Hope That It Can Be Earned This Term

This morning I celebrated mass for the religious community in which I live. I am on the schedule as the presider every wednesday, but this particular wednesday brought me back to another early morning liturgy four years ago. While living in Washington, DC, during my Franciscan formation and theology and ministry studies, I happened — […]

Cardinal Dolan’s Response to the ‘Al Smith Dinner’ Critiques

Over on his blog, The Gospel in the Digital Age, the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, offers a very well-reasoned reflection on why inviting politicians with whom one does not agree on every issue to the table (literally the dinner table in this case) is an important, necessary, and noble move. He has received […]

Good News for Earth: Keystone XL Proposal Rejected

In what amounts to good news for social-justice advocates and for all those concerned about protecting the environment and the health and safety of many people, the Obama Administration has announced that it will reject the Keystone XL pipeline proposal that would extend an oil pipeline from Canada through the continental United States to refineries […]

Another Franciscan’s Take on The President’s Speech

I have received several email messages in recent days asking about what I thought of the President’s address to the nation about the military action in Libya. One reader of Dating God asked about my position of Christian nonviolence and how, in light of that view of Gospel living, I might respond to the President’s […]

Obama and Romero: Planting Seeds of Hope or Raising the Veil of Injustice?

I seriously doubt that Archbishop Oscar Romero could have imagined that a sitting President of the United States of America would have ever visited his tomb when, shortly before he was assasinated, he declared in perhaps his most famous homily: “If they kill me, I will rise up in the Salvadoran People.” That his legacy, […]

Anti-Abortion Lenses Don’t Equal Pro-life Outlook: A Response to Bishop Tobin

I begin this post with the assertion that what follows is done with the utmost respect. Generally, I don’t like to single-out individuals, unless that singular identification is done for the purpose of praise and congratulation. There are times when responses are warranted and a conversation must be had, so I have found it necessary […]