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An Honorable DefeatFather Ron Rolheiser

In 1970, the famed British writer, Iris Murdoch, wrote a novel entitled, A Fairly Honorable Defeat. The story had numerous characters, both good and bad, but ultimately took its title from the travails ...

Celibacy -- A Personal Apologia Father Ron Rolheiser

As a vowed, religious celibate I'm very conscious that today celibacy, whether lived out in a religious commitment or in other circumstances, is suspect, under siege, and is offering too little by way ...

Ecumenism -- The Path ForwardFather Ron Rolheiser

I was very blessed during my theological formation to have had the privilege of taking classes from two very renowned Catholic scholars, Avery Dulles and Raymond E. Brown. The former was an ecclesiologist ...

Snake-bitten Father Ron Rolheiser

Everything is of one piece. Whenever we don't take that seriously, we pay a price. The renowned theologian, Hans Urs Von Balthasar gives an example of this. Beauty, he submits, is not some little "extra" ...

Wendy Beckett -- RIPFather Ron Rolheiser

No community should botch its deaths. The renowned anthropologist, Mircea Eliade, suggested this and its truth applies to communities at every level. No family should send off a member without proper ...

Struggling for Sustenance Father Ron Rolheiser

We all struggle to not give in to coldness and hatred. This was even a struggle for Jesus. Like the rest of us he had to struggle, mightily at times, to remain warm and loving. It's interesting to trace ...

The Double Message of ChristmasFather Ron Rolheiser

I've never been happy with some of my activist friends who send out Christmas cards with messages like: May the Peace of Christ Disturb You! Can't we have one day a year to be happy and celebrate without ...

Outside the City Father Ron Rolheiser

God, it seems, favors the powerless, the unnoticed, children, babies, outsiders, and refugees with no resources or place to go. That's why Jesus was born outside the city, in a stable, unnoticed, outside ...