Simply Spirit: As the church seeks creative ways to serve local communities, ministerial equality should be high on the agenda, right alongside access to the Eucharist.
Simply Spirit: If the diaconate and priesthood are not irrevocably linked, there is strong precedent for ordaining women deacons.
Simply Spirit: "Interpret everything in its most favorable light." My adherence to this centuries-old maxim of the Sisters of St. Joseph is being severely tested right now.
Simply Spirit: Maybe we are making some progress in peeling away the next layer of that pungent onion called systemic U.S. racism.
Simply Spirit: To say I was thrilled when the Vatican upgraded the celebration of St. Mary of Magdala to a feast on par with the other apostles doesn't nearly begin to cover it.
Simply Spirit: Every year around June, my thoughts turn to my dad, who died nine years ago on June 16 (Father's Day weekend) at age 87.
Simply Spirit: I recently listened to a podcast by Dr. Elizabeth Johnson, a Sister of St. Joseph, who spoke eloquently about "arguably the most celebrated woman in the Christian tradition."
Simply Spirit: Pentecost is my favorite feast in the liturgical year; the Holy Spirit manifests the unpredictability of a God who relishes a walk on the wild side.
Simply Spirit: Gifted women are serving the church in diverse and ecclesial ministries, but their work often goes unseen. Opening the diaconate to women would change that.
Simply Spirit: Amoris Laetitia is not an afterthought, but it fails to incorporate the experiences of LGBT Catholics who also live holy and committed family lives.