The case of Jesuit Fr. Marko Rupnik shows the immense structural and cultural change needed to deal with abuse in the church. Even more profound change is needed when it comes to abuse of women, both lay and religious.
Christine Schenk: If we are to ever emerge from Catholic polarization, it will be through dialogue, respect for differences, and the kind of nonviolent love practiced by New Ways Ministry and so many LGBTQ+ Catholics
Joan Chittister: "Blessed are the merciful," the fifth beatitude contends, "for they shall receive mercy." Jesus says that the kind of mercy we give will be the kind of mercy we get when we need it. Mercy is not an event; it is a way of being in the world.
Christine Schenk: What could better witness the power of an unpredictable God than to raise up a long-awaited Messiah from the least powerful of humans — a child born of an unwed mother? What better witness than a son with no apparent biological father, and therefore no claim to patriarchal privilege?
Months ago, a Catholic women’s group invited me to speak at their luncheon about my work with the Haitian people. My presentation was later canceled. The following is what I had planned to share, as spoken in words that Jesus might have used.
Catholic bishops' conferences in Georgia, Florida and Texas have chosen not to take positions on "election integrity" bills that their states' GOP-controlled legislatures have passed to impose new voting restrictions.