Charity vs Solidarity

Note: Parts of this originally appeared as posts on the Bilgrimage blog.

I recently finished Ada Maria Isasi-Diaz’s book on mujerista theology in which she said that solidarity needs to replace charity as the pinnacle of Christian virtues and I heartily agree. Last year, I wrote about how the word “uncharitable” is misused by conservotrads (, and now I’m going to write about why charity falls short as a virtue.

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How Many People Support the SSPX?

Last week, I went to a planning session of a “Pizza and Politics” group at Boston University, where graduate students and professor talk about religion and politics over lunch. We did the usual introductions thing, and unsurprisingly, most of the other students listed Islam as their primary research interest. When my turn came around, I mentioned that I was interested in studying the Society of St. Pius X and the Catholic church’s response to modernity, particularly liberal democracy. Crickets from the others. I gave a quick and dirty explanation of the SSPX for the perplexed, but once again, it illustrated to me that outside of the Catholic blogosphere, nobody really knows or cares about the SSPX

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The LGBT Elephant in the Room at the World Meeting of Families

You’ve probably heard already about the token gay man, Ron Belgau (white, middle class, and ostensibly celibate, natch), who will be representing LGBT Catholics at the upcoming World Meeting of Families, and if you haven’t here’s the link:

As per the article, Belgau and his mother is going to lead a session on “Homosexuality in the Family.”

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On Liberation Theology

One of the classes I’m taking here at Boston University is called Global Ethics, which is actually more of a semester-long introduction to liberation theology. And not just the Latin American variety, but almost every kind you can think of: womanist (both African American and African), feminist, Palestinian, Korean, Native American, etc. Before starting the class, I had assumed as a result of my sojourn in the Catholic church that liberation theology was more or less dead. But no, the rumors of liberation theology’s demise are quite premature, and it’s arguably doing better than ever.

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Thomas Aquinas, Justice, and Women

As readers of this blog probably know, Thomistic philosophy is the foundation of Catholic theology and moral philosophy. If anyone wants to know why the Catholic church thinks a certain way on this or that issue, they have to reckon with the Thomistic elephant in the room. Upon reading about the Thomistic notion of justice, I thought about how Aquinas’ definition of the term tends to miss the mark, especially when the interests of women are involved.

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On September 11th

I probably should have posted this yesterday, but the very fact that I forgot to do it illustrates the point I want to make. The first 9/11 anniversaries were major affairs, filled with pomp, circumstance, gravity, and television cameras. Fourteen years later, the remembrance ceremonies still occurred, but they were smaller and less media saturated. Of course, for the people who were directly impacted by 9/11 — the families of those who died, rescue workers, New Yorkers who witnessed the events — the day remains as emotional as ever, but for many of us who only experienced 9/11 from watching it on TV, it has largely become just another day, much like how April 19, the day of the Oklahoma City bombing has receded into memory.

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