Eric Bugyis teaches Religious Studies at the University of Washington Tacoma.
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The Immanent Frame has been continuing to post a series of articles from the "Sex Abuse and the Study of Religion" conference hosted at Yale by Kathryn Lofton last September. I commented on Lofton's provocative opening post here.
This past Tuesday, NPR's Terry Gross interviewed Sister Pat Farrell, the president of the LCWR, on "Fresh Air." Farrell offered a controlled and careful response to the CDF's recent criticisms, but she also did not cower or compromisewhen it came to issues about which the LCWR and many others in the Church have been advocating for dialogue. For that reason, I think the interview was also courageous and definitely worth checking out.A few key excerpts after the jump:
Over at Mirror of Justice, Rick Garnett rightly calls our attention to a recent New York Times article by Jason DeParle profiling two families, as the headline says, "divided by 'I do.'" As Garnett reads the piece, it is a morality tale about the tragedy that awaits those who make "less traditional lifestyle ch
The question of what counts as "religious practice" and its protected "free exercise" has dominated much of the Catholic conversation recently, and it has figured prominently on this blog and in the magazine. My approach to the question has been largely informed by a "religious studies" perspective, which attempts to think of "religion" as an object of academic inquiry and analyze the many ways in which it is performed and negotiated by those who use the concept. This includes both believers and non-believers.
Taking our eye off of healthcare for a moment, Andrew Sullivan calls attention to the analogous case of school curricula, as reported by Rachel Tabachnik:
I do believe / I do believe / I do believe This is the refrain that kicks off theDrive-By Truckers' most recent album,
The Atlantic has an interesting interview with Richard Sparks, a Chicago priest and bioethicist, who worries that conservative factions in the Church might be leading us out of the public sphere by insisting on being allowed to storm into the private.The background:
Since they will apparently be taking to the streets this summer to defend freedom, one would expect the Bishops and their hordes to be particularly scrupulous when it comes to defending those poor souls who experience equal discrimination.
If I might, I would like to interrupt these proceedings to bring you a special bulletin that may be of interest to dotCommonweal readers. In two weeks, a friend and I will be hosting a gathering of Professor Denys Turner's friends, students, and colleagues to mark his retirement from full-time teaching at Yale.