April 2019

The Sociology of a Superb Sermon

Christian Smith, ND William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Sociology, covers three basic things that can go a long way in improving sermons.

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Good Friday's Silence Speaks

Timothy O’Malley, Director of the ND Center for Liturgy, attentively listens to the silence of Good Friday.

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Pilate's Question in a Post-Truth Context

Melanie Barrett, Mundelein Seminary Department of Moral Theology Chairperson, on Decision-Making, Conscience Formation, & Pastoral Care in a post-truth age.

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Can Christianity Stop at Good Friday?

Christopher Iacovetti, graduate student in the University of Chicago Divinity School, evaluates Simone Weil's battle against compensatory theologies.


The Notre-Dame Cathedral Fire Isn't a Sign

Timothy O’Malley, ND Center for Liturgy Director, reads the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral fire theologically, rather than purely culturally.

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Remedies for American Catholic Polarization

Robert G. Christian III, Editor of Millennial Journal, proposes remedies for the recent exponential growth in Catholic polarization.


Out of Our Mortal Depths

Anne Horcher, ND English major and intern for the ND Center for Liturgy, interprets Christina Rossetti's "De Profundis" for Passiontide.


On the Particular Grace of Palm Branches

Drew Denton, Director of Faith Formation at Immaculate Heart of Mary in Atlanta, delves into Terrence Malick and the complex symbolism of Palm Sunday.

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The Newest War on Women

Abigail Favale explores the recent mass transition out of femininity. 

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Reading the Writing in the Dirt

Roberto De La Noval, ND PhD candidate in Theology, reads Jesus's writing in the sand back into the Old Testament.

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The Clear Message of Christus Vivit

Vincent J. Reilly, Director of Faith Formation at St. Catherine Catholic Church, looks with Pope Francis at Christ crucified and risen.


Baudelaire, Maistre, and Original Sin

Françoise Meltzer, Chair of the U. of Chicago Comparative Literature Department, looks at the influence of Maistre's philosophy upon Baudelaire's poetry.


Neo-Colonialism and Reproductive Health

Obianuju Ekeocha, biomedical scientist and president of Culture of Life Africa, exposes the colonizing intent of Western aid to Africa.


Lent Intensifies

Carolyn Pirtle, Program Director of the ND Center for Liturgy, notes how melody, harmony, and rhythm help us encounter Christ anew.

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Ross Douthat’s Expanding Seamless Garment

Charles Camosy, Fordham University Associate Professor of Christian Ethics, observes the expansion of the NYT columnist's pro-life horizons.

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The Roots of American Catholic Polarization

Robert G. Christian III, co-founder and editor of Millennial Journal, digs up the political roots of American Catholic polarization.

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