Cathleen Kaveny

Cathleen Kaveny is the Darald and Juliet Libby Professor in the Theology Department and Law School at Boston College.

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The King of Glory . . . rides . . . On Eagle's Wings

As several astute commentators have pointed out, I very likely mis-remembered singing "On Eagle's Wings" at my confirmation, becuause the song had not be published yet.

I repent of my mistake, and as proof of my repentance, offer Stephen Colbert's rendition of "The King of Glory." Word has it that some at First Things may have some doubts about his Catholicity. This should settle the matter. 

 

 

May Eternal Light Shine Upon Her. . .

Our fellow blogger, Ann Olivier, passed away last week. She was a remarkable woman; she earned a Ph.D. in philosophy from the Catholic University of America and taught at Xavier University in New Orleans for many years.  Through many threads on many conversations, she enlightened, challenged, and pressed us all to recognize the complexity of God's creation. In fact, when I hear the words, "complexity, complexity," I thing of Ann. She was not only brilliant, she was unfailingly gracious.

Pope Francis and the Next Generation of Theologians

School is beginning again. . . and I was asked a question to which I am not sure I know the answer.

Will the example of Pope Francis attract peple with different sorts of interests and ways of viewing the Church to graduate studies in theology than did the examples of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI?

I myself didn't go to a Catholic college, so don't remember thinking much about who the Pope was (a youngish JPII) when I decided to go on. It was the questions in the field broadly construed --Catholic, Protestant, secular, that I found realy interesting. 

'A Minefield'

The Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, where religious exemptions to the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act were extended to a private for-profit company, has produced jubilation among those who regarded the mandate as a grave threat to religious liberty and consternation from those who think access to no-cost contraception should be a fundamental component of health care for women.

Does the Man with the Ball Get to Define the Game?

David Cloutier says the point of Paul Griffiths's talk is to ask the question "what is theology"? But why do we have to accept his question as THE question, let alone his answer?

As I said at the session, I think Griffths's talk was a jeremiad. It was an indictment of the CTSA, which he himself acknowledged.

A picture is worth a thousand words

A fascinating article on Cardinal Bertone. Thank God for Pope Francis. I don't think he was admiring Bertone's smokin' shades.

 

 

 

No Academic Question

The annual gathering of the Catholic Theological Society of America (CTSA) took place last week in sunny San Diego, but there were storm clouds gathering around the meeting’s agenda (see here and here and here).

Noonan on Catholic Marriage

Cardinal Kasper's proposal to reconsider the question of divorced and remarried Catholics and reception of the sacrament of the Eucharist has generated quite some opposition in some quarters.

For those who wish to situate the question in a broader context that is not entirely determined by internet pundits, two books by the eminent scholar John Noonan might be helpful.

Caught in the Gap

In 2012, the Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that most Americans obtain health insurance or pay a penalty. In so doing, the Court preserved the law’s backbone. As we are now discovering, however, the same Supreme Court decision also cut out the ACA’s heart: the justices struck down the law’s requirement that the states expand their Medicaid programs to cover all adults at or below 138 percent of the poverty level. The requirement is now an option. Each state can choose whether to expand its Medicaid program or keep it as it is.