Wanted

Pastors have many reasons to be afraid in these troubled times. COVID has divided their congregations between those who want to reopen the churches and those who think that reopening risks lives. The race debate has pitted those who think all white churches need to confess their racism against those who think the gospel is…

Religious Freedom?

Father Richard John Neuhaus put two Big Ideas into play in American public life. The first was that the pro-life movement (of which Neuhaus was an intellectual leader) was the natural heir to the moral convictions that had animated the classic civil rights movement (in which Neuhaus was also deeply involved). The second was that…

The blessing of being tired

Usually, when people find out that my husband and I have twelve children, there are certain comments and assumptions they tend to make, almost as a knee-jerk reaction to the revelation of our having a rather large family. Some are fantastical (You must be super patient!), while others make me laugh (Your house must be…

Christ-centered

Conversations with Father Robert Imbelli have been a great blessing in recent years. I have rarely met a more even-tempered and gracious man: a true churchman who, in retirement after years of teaching theology at Boston College, tries diligently to keep the often-fratricidal subtribes of American Catholicism in some sort of conversation (if only through…

Time in prison

There is a lot of goodness in prisons. At times, I am sure, prisons may be hell on earth. I was fortunate to be kept safe and treated well. I was impressed by the professionalism of the warders, the faith of the prisoners, and the existence of a moral sense even in the darkest places….