Silence on sexual violence makes church leaders complicit, say victim advocates

Dr. Flores contributes to a cavalcade of young theological voices analyzing Catholic responses to sexual violence.

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Netflix’s “Chasing Coral” documents an unseen environmental disaster

Zach Rago plunges into the water from the edge of a motor boat. Clad in full diving gear, he kicks toward the ocean floor until he reaches an intricate and sprawling coral reef. He examines the coral meticulously, measuring distances and angles before positioning a camera adjacent to the reef. For the next several hours, he labors diligently to photograph the coral. Rago is here to observe the transition of the coral from a brilliantly colored living organism to a decaying corpse.

He is here to document the coral’s death.

Netflix’s documentary “Chasing Coral” (2017) recounts the journey of a team of coral scientists determined to unveil a problem hidden beneath the surface of the global climate change debate: the bleaching—and eventual death—of vast stretches of the world’s coral reefs, including the vibrantly captivating and economically crucial ecosystem of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia.

Read more at America.

When the K.K.K. came to town, Catholics prayed. Now what?

A holy hour against racial hatred is a profound way to begin this urgent mission of the church: rejecting racism in the clearest possible terms at all times and in all places.

But does the Catholic Church in the United States have the courage to stand up to racism before the K.K.K. comes to town? Or after the K.K.K. leaves town? Will our parishes stand in solidarity with those involved in nonviolent direct action in response to racial hatred?

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“Somos Familia” wins Associated Church Press Award of Excellence for Best Interview

Last spring, Dr. Flores sat down for an interview on Latino/a families and theology with the editorial staff at U.S. Catholic magazine. “Somos Familia” was recently honored with the 2016 Award of Excellence for Best Interview from the Associated Church Press. The judge commented:

“Moving, insightful, and packed with ideas that the reader will be thinking about long after they finish the article.”

Read more at U.S. Catholic.

In Jefferson’s Shadow: Can Catholic theology thrive at a public university?

Moving from Saint Anselm’s college to a public university, I was confronted with questions about how I would teach the Catholic theological tradition in an institution founded, in part, to keep theology on the margins of academic discourse. Thomas Jefferson gave architectural representation to this commitment by replacing the chapel typically located at the center of universities with a library housed inside of the gleaming Rotunda. I faced a barrage of questions from my former colleagues: Why would a Catholic theologian want to work in such an environment? Is it possible to translate the richness of the Catholic tradition without transgressing the boundary between church and state? How can you shed light on the Catholic tradition without stating anything as truth?

I shared their concerns: Could I really teach theology, in its confessional fullness, at a public university?

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The First Citizen

President Donald Trump took office in a situation of extraordinarily heightened expectations and anxieties about who we are. In his inaugural address—his first words as president—he doubled down on his campaign rhetoric, proclaiming a policy of “America First.” Yet rather than uniting the nation, his first weeks in office seem to have deepened polarization and anxiety. How he responds to those expectations and anxieties will set the tone for his term of office.

Read more at firstyear2017.org.

Catholic community doesn’t look the same for everyone

“Well, you two certainly didn’t choose the easiest of paths.”

Sitting in a prayer circle with members of my husband’s Baptist church on a warm late-summer evening in Virginia, our pastor named that which is often left unsaid: Our Protestant and Catholic “interfaith” marriage—preferably ecumenical since both my husband and I are Christian—is challenging terrain for wedded life.

Read more at US Catholic.