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.


Polarization in the US Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal

Dr. Flores’ essay “When Discourse Breaks Down: Race and Aesthetic Solidarity in the US Catholic Church” was published in Polarization in the Catholic Church: Naming the Wounds, Beginning to Heal. In naming ecclesial wounds and exploring their social and religious underpinnings, the essays in this volume underscore how shared beliefs and aspirations can help heal deep fissures.

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Essay Featured in “Feminist Catholic Ethics: Conversations in the World Church” (Orbis 2014)

Prof. Flores’s essay, “The Personal Is Political: Toward a Vision of Justice in Latina Theology,” is included in Feminist Catholic Theological Ethics: Conversation in the World Church (Orbis 2014), edited by Linda Hogan and Agbonkhianmeghe E. Orobator. The volume includes essays from Agnes M. Brazal, Lilian Dube, James F. Keenan, Maria Clara Lucchetti Bingemer, and Anne Patrick, among many others.

“This volume is an astonishing contribution to Christian and Catholic theological ethics. The essays are elegant, insightful, and moving. The feminist perspectives they portray are varied in terms of issues addressed, methods used, and genuine diversity of voices from across the world. The book will be of immense value for courses in theology and ethics world-wide, but also more generally for educated readers in multiple contexts. I predict that it will generate profound insight and enthusiasm for expanding the horizons of our theologies, and deepening our efforts at “faith seeking understanding.”

-Margaret A. Farley, Gilbert L. Stark Professor Emerita of Christian Ethics, Yale University Divinity School

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