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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For Bishop Tobin of Providence

Apparently, he just switched party affiliations from Democrat to Republican. I think most people from RI thought he already was a Republican!

But the news provides me with a nice opportunity to link to a very cute little video about my home state, based upon a song from the 1948 musical review "Inside U.S.A." by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz. (HT: Barbara Fick)

Billable Hours and Ordinary Time: An Empirical Study

Before going to teach at Notre Dame Law School, I practiced law for three years in a large law firm setting. Like many young attorneys, I found the system of billing very difficult and in many ways alienating. After leaving practice for the academy, I wrote an article entitled "Billable Hours in Ordinary Time: A Theological Critique of the Instrumentalization of Time in Professional Life." The article contrasted the "billable hours" mentality with the view of time--and of human life--embedded in Catholic theological and liturgical practice.

Law's Virtues in London

If there are any Commonweal readers across the pond, please stop by to say hello!

"Loopy Interpretations of Vatican II"???:

I have had to fly to Seattle from Newark and back twice in the past two weeks or so. In addition to affording the opportunity for uninterrupted work, these transcontinental flights also offer the opportunity for guilt free web-surfing (thank you GoGo--the airline internet!).In catching up up on the papal transition, I came across an article by Dr.

Reading the Tea Leaves

Many of the groups challenging the contraception mandate in the Affordable Care Act on religious-liberty grounds hang their hopes on one Supreme Court case: Gonzales v. O Centro Espirita Beneficente Uniao do Vegetal.

Nicknaming the Pope: FSJ?

He does need a nickname.JPII . . . B16 . . . FSJ.I realize it will not be unanimously approved. But it has a certain ring to it, doesn't it? And the seal of the Jesuits is very prominent on his coat of arms.

Frank Brennan, S.J., on the Jesuit Pope: A View from Down Under

Frank Brennan, S.J., is a distinguished Australian Jesuit, lawyer, and human rights activist. Here are some o f his recent remarks on the new Pope:"At my regular parish mass in Canberra, I greeted the congregation with these words: "Good evening. My name is Frank and I am a Jesuit. I've had a good week. I hope you have too." I have been overwhelmed by the positive response by all sorts of people to the election of the first Jesuit pope.

The New Pope Should Be a Priest

Symbolized by the three-tiered papal crown, the traditional functions of the papal office are king (ruler - servant), prophet (teacher), and priest (reconciler- healer). These three functions are inseparable. Still, different times call for different emphases. What Catholics need now is a pope who is first and foremost a priest - someone who can reconcile and relate to all facets of our truly global religious community.From the fourth century until the late nineteenth century, the catholicity of the church was deeply political in nature.

Impatient Optimists: The Gates Foundation and TEDxChange

I am very excited about participating in the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's TEDxChange program on "Positive Disruption," which will take place on April 3, 2013, in Seattle, Washington.Is religion a force for positive disruption? Can religious communities be positively disrupted? What would Cardinal Newman say?