“Baseball is indeed the fulcrum on which the narrative is balanced — and the game’s storylines are essential to the tale — but this is only because the novel is actually about sacrifice — about a series of sacrifices that various characters make in order to advance the good of others.”
Easter and baseball and Duncan’s ‘The Brothers K’
In a polarized world, what is the mission of the church?
Father R. Aaron Wessman, the author of “The Church’s Mission in a Polarized World,” explores how we might rein in the momentum of hate that is pushing us further and further apart.
Polarization is easy, poisonous way to react to complex world, says cardinal
When it comes to ethical issues, he said, “we cannot simply repeat little lectures from the past, instead, we must find new words for new questions.”
Greg Erlandson: The squeakiest wheels and the rest of us
What if there are not one but two chasms that divide Americans today?
Greg Erlandson: Bridging divides shoulder to shoulder
“I wonder if the Church can play a mediating role in the midst of our division. It can provide a meeting ground where Catholics and others who identify with either party can meet the other.”
Can religion and politics get us beyond the culture wars?
This book — a collection of 14 essays mostly by academics — doesn’t solve any problems, but it shows that divisions and culture wars are nothing new in a society where religion and politics often combust.
Greg Erlandson: A retirement project like no other
“What should a retired philosophy professor who is a political skeptic, fiercely pro-life and apparently with a bit of time on his hands, do this fall? Run for governor of California, of course!”
Eucharist document should unite, not divide, the church, panelists advise
Work has begun on sections of the document that pertain to church teaching while the section on eucharistic coherence will not be drafted until after a series of regional meetings among the bishops concludes by the end of August.