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Theological ethicist @MarquetteTheo. Tweets are my own; property belongs to all humankind.
4 Oct 20
Hi. I'm a #Catholic theologian. I'm up, I have coffee and I'm live tweeting #FratelliTutti : (1/n)
Creating this doc, "I have felt particularly encouraged by the Grand Imam Ahmad Al-Tayyeb, with whom I met in Abu Dhabi, where we declared that “God has created all human beings equal in rights, duties and dignity, and has called them to live together as brothers and sisters” (5)
"As I was writing this letter, the Covid-19 pandemic unexpectedly erupted, exposing our false securities..Anyone who thinks that the only lesson to be learned was the need to improve what we were already doing, or to refine existing systems and regulations, is denying reality."(7
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28 Mar 19
Among the basic rights of the human person is to be numbered the right of freely founding #unions for working people. --Gaudium et Spes #subtweet
History teaches us that organizations of this type are an indispensable element in social life, especially in industrialized societies. This does not mean that only industrial workers can form these associations. Every profession can use them--Pope John Paul II, Laborem Exercens
Catholic social teaching does not see unions as reflecting only a “class”‘ structure, and even less as engaged in a “class” struggle. They are indeed engaged in the struggle for social justice, but this is a struggle for the common good, and not against others.--John Paul II, LE
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27 Sep 18
Here are the resources for further exploration I'm going to recommend at the end of my talk @VillanovaU Ethics Program tonight, "Robots, Leisure, and Earning a Living: A Christian Ethic of Work for the 21st Century."
1) The Problem With Work: Feminism, Marxism, Antiwork Politics, and Postwork Imaginaries by philosopher Kathi Weeks (@DukePress)
2) Glass Ceilings and Dirt Floors: Women, Work and the Global Economy by @FordhamTheology theologian Christine Firer Hinze (@Paulist_Press)
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21 Sep 18
Thread. I've seen a couple friends sharing memes that assert that male victims of clergy #abuse are believed and supported, while female victims of assault by acquaintances are victim-blamed and not taken seriously.
Friends, it would be a big step forward if we all lived in that world. We don't.
In our desire to support all victims of #assault, let's not further gaslight the male and female victims of clergy sex abuse who struggled heroically and lost faith, health, relationships and lives down through the past decades...
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4 Sep 18
Whoa. @MarquetteU just shared that former president/chancellor Robert Wild SJ has requested his name be removed from a new residence hall, as an act of contrition related to his handling of sex abuse cases as Jesuit admin from 1985-1991.
#Catholic communities need to see much, much more of this type of taking of responsibility, expressing contrition and accepting consequences.
I look forward to all the Louis CK fans wondering how much longer Fr. Wild must be made to suffer without his name on a building.
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5 Mar 18
THREAD: Call for resources to my friends inside and outside #theology!

Colleagues and I are working on a public list of resources to help deepen and promote understanding of Pope Francis's apostolic exhortation on the family, #AmorisLaetitia.
We welcome your suggestions for the #AmorisSyllabus. While Amoris itself can be easily read and understood by ordinary families, many may want to go further in deepening their relationship to the spirit of the exhortation, or in delving into particular questions.
What resources--books, articles, web resources--movies? poems? hymns? prayers?--do you value as in keeping with the spirit of #Amoris? Which have you found helpful in further understanding particular issues?
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12 Aug 17
Praying for #Charlottesville.

Every time we let polite racism, "coincidental" exclusion ...
"it just turned out that way" invisibility of people who aren't white pass unchallenged, ...
we enable the violent, torch wielding, Nazi slogan shouting kind. They are part and parcel. ...
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