July 27, 2023
In the Catholic Church of the early nineteenth century, no formal and absolute condemnation of slavery as an institution existed. Although recognizing abuses in the system, the Church did not see slavery as a moral evil in itself but as a result of original sin.
October 19, 2022
Perhaps it is obvious, but I believe that we need to know each other’s histories. American Catholics can be pretty tribal—within neighborhoods, parishes, and ethnic communities. But I think that we can benefit from the experiences of others, no matter our backgrounds.
May 25, 2022
The central aim of my book is to show some of the advantages of taking into consideration Aquinas’s account of the juridical phenomenon in contemporary legal (theoretical and practical) contexts.
April 13, 2022
The question in my mind that needed to be asked was not just whether they “succeeded” in their goals or not by getting their Catholic voices heard, and their positions engaged. It was moreso what “success” might have meant in the first place.
February 2, 2022
Father John Augustine Ryan never won any contests for charisma. Not long after assuming his post at the Catholic University of America in 1915, he solidified his reputation as an uninspiring and even monotonous lecturer, with one student later conferring upon him the questionable distinction of worst teacher he ever had.
November 19, 2021
The poet writes on diverse registers; he strives to be realistic in his depiction of what goes on in a bar at 9AM—something, by the way, that hasn’t changed much in nearly seven hundred years nor from one culture to another.