Center of Concern | Thu, Oct 20, 2011

Occupy Wall Street and Catholic Social Teaching


Fr. Patrick Howell SJ, professor of pastoral theology at Seattle University, attempts to connect the Occupy Wall Street Movement, Steve Jobs, and Catholic Social Teaching in his recent op-ed piece in the Seattle Times. 


“In its simplest terms, the message of the protesters is that the top 1 percent — corporate executives, the rich elite — are gobbling up the resources, leaving the crumbs for the remaining 99 percent. It's a prophetic critique of individualistic greed and a call to attend to the common good, especially to the weakest and most vulnerable among us.”


Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Engaging Faith | Fri, Dec 4, 2009

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 8, 2009


Genesis 3:9-15, 20

Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12

Luke 1:26-38


December 7 - 18: United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen

December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception

December 10: Human Rights Day

December 11: Chanukkah begins at sunset. (Judaism)

December 12: Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe


Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

Engaging Faith | Fri, Aug 28, 2009

Twenty-Second Sunday of Ordinary Time


Twenty-second Sunday of Ordinary Time [b]

August 30, 2009


Deuteronomy 4:1-2, 6-8

James 1:17-18, 21b-22, 27

Mark 7:1-8, 14-15, 21-23


August 26: Women's Equality Day (commemorates the 1920 passage of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, granting women the right to vote)

August 29: anniversary of Hurricane Katrina making landfall in Louisiana and Mississippi in 2005

September 7: Labor Day in the United States

Economic Hemorrhage vs. Bailout Band-aid

Center of Concern | Tue, Sep 30, 2008

Economic Hemorrhage vs. Bailout Band-aid

I’m having a difficult time deciding how I feel about the “bailout package.” I thought about what I would have done yesterday if I were a member of Congress. I decided I probably wouldn’t have voted for the bailout package either. To me it seems like a band-aid made for a paper cut that is trying to fit over a gaping wound that is a hundred times the size of a paper cut. Maybe this band-aid is the wrong shape and size. Maybe it's not even a band-aid that we need.