Mike Jordan Laskey is senior communications manager for the Jesuit Conference in Washington, D.C. He is the author of The Ministry of Peace and Justice (Liturgical Press) and lives with his family in Maryland. 

He writes The Gospel of Sports column and contributes to NCR's Young Voices blog.

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In NBA's China controversy, social justice loses out to the bottom line

The Gospel of Sports: I was suckered in by the NBA's apparent wokeness. But since a general manager got chastised for supporting Hong Kong protesters, I've been reflecting on where I turn for moral leadership.


Hateful things flood Catholic Twitter every day. It's still worth saving.

Young Voices: Monday was among the most disheartening days on Catholic Twitter that I have ever seen, if not the very worst. Still, I think it's worthwhile, and I have some personal rules that help keep it so.


Remember Catholic teaching on labor in debate about paying college athletes

The Gospel of Sports: Paying college athletes is an issue that Catholics ought to consider with a Sports Illustrated in one hand and the last 120 years of papal writings on human labor in the other.


Ideology shapes our morals. Neighborliness is the antidote.

Young Voices: There's a strong temptation to try to shoehorn the church's moral and social justice teachings into our preferred political party platform instead of letting our faith dictate our political priorities.