Jamie L. Manson is a columnist and books editor at the National Catholic Reporter. She is editor of Changing the Questions: Explorations in Christian Ethics, a collection of writings by Margaret Farley. Her writing has won numerous awards, and her activism on behalf of women in the church led her to receive the Theresa Kane Award for Women of Courage and Vision.

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A crucial connection was missed at Amazon synod

Grace on the Margins: In my time in Rome in October, I frequently heard the synod fathers lament the degrading treatment of the Amazon and the indigenous in the region, particularly women. Yet none of them seemed conscious about the root of all of this suffering: patriarchy itself.


Desecration of sacred images demands bolder action from Vatican

Grace on the Margins: The theft of indigenous statues was profoundly racist and misogynist, and reasserts the white supremacist mentality at the root of the destruction of the Amazon and its peoples.


As US 'nones' increase, we must start asking different questions

Grace on the Margins: In 2011, a Fordham event examined declining numbers of young adult U.S. Catholics. This week, a Fordham panel on religious disaffiliation discussed the latest trends and stats.


Young intentional community is 'promise of Vatican II' realized

Grace on the Margins: In less than four years, Benincasa Community has turned a former convent into a home for progressive Catholics, activists and those in need. They have developed a Catholic lay formation program and have attracted dozens of New York City's millennials to their monthly prayer service and luncheon. But their future may be in jeopardy.