The Common Good

God's Politics

Reflection on Prophet Malcolm X

In this hour, amongst everything else that is on my mind, I am mindful of the 19th of May, 2009, marking the birthday of a mystic activist and voice of justice.
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Let Us Pray for the World's Bad Actors

Let us pray for Zimbabwe's president Robert Mugabe and for the Burmese generals. Let us send them our love. This is the counterintuitive radicality of the Christian witness.
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Dogma and Disagreement

I recently found myself in conversation with a fellow believer who asked where I stood on the "non-negotiable" issues that seemed to him definitive for voting Christians.
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Thoughts on Obama's Notre Dame Address

After weeks of controversy surrounding Notre Dame's invitation to President Obama to receive an honorary doctorate as this year's commencement speaker, we have seen both the American democratic tra
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Peace in the Middle East: A Step Forward

Two days, in comparison to years of conflict, is not a lot of time, but it was long enough for a broad spectrum of Christian leaders to find hope in a growing consensus around a way forward for pea
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A Big Problem for Land Justice

Why should the world turn away from huge, monocropped factory farms? Pick the reason you like best.
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Challenging Obama on Abortion

This is a challenge to President Obama and Congress written in light of his commencement speech at the University of Notre Dame.
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The Unique Awareness, Insight, and Wisdom of Women

As friends and I met for dinner to enjoy pictures of mutual friends' wedding, their four-year old joined in the fun.
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Justice for Vieques

For more than sixty years
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Priest Scandal Re-opens Celibacy Debate

Scandal has again surfaced in the American Catholic Church, but, gratefully, this time it is not over child abuse or mismanagement of funds.
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