After this Catholic’s discovery about the past, she spoke truth to power and faith.
In 2016 news broke that in 1838 Jesuits from Maryland sold nearly 300 slaves to help pay off debts for Georgetown University (then Georgetown College). While the revelation shocked the Georgetown and wider Catholic communities, Dr. Onita Estes-Hicks, a cradle Catholic from New Orleans and beloved former professor from the State University of New York (SUNY), was not fazed. She had known about the slave sale for more than a decade.
Nace and Biby Butler and their 12 children, all sold in 1838 by the Jesuits, were Estes-Hicks’ paternal ancestors.
The African American Christian tradition is an urgent reminder that we must bring about a more just world.
As Black History Month winds to a close and Lent begins, conversion is on my mind. Conversion is at the core of the way of Jesus. In the New Testament, the word translated as conversion is the Greek term metanoia, which means a complete change in belief and lifestyle. As the opening words of the first-century catechetical manual the Didache state: “There are two ways, one of life and one of death, but a great difference between the two ways. The way of life, then, is this: [Following Christ].”
After the tragic death of Kalief Browder, New York is seeking a justice system based on common decency.
Crime rates are hitting 30-year lows around the country, but mass incarceration remains a uniquely American problem. In fact, with just 4.4 percent of the world’s population, the United States maintains about 22 percent of the world’s total population of imprisoned people. Americans are jailed at a rate of 440 per 100,000 people—two to four times higher than peer industrialized nations.
Could our bishops be more like Mary, the mother of Jesus? Our good bishops already are.
U.S. intervention has laid the groundwork for decades of civil war in Latin America that is driving migrants north.
Watching a huddled mass escape Central America this fall inspired an urge among many to rush to the border with food and water, while others chose to politicize the spectacle with calumny and disdain. President Trump ginned up his base before the midterm elections by repeatedly describing the so-called migrant caravan as an “invasion.”
When you bury a child, you bury the future.
In TV courtroom dramas such as CSI or Law and Order, the medical examiner’s testimony often plays a key role. By examining a victim’s wounds, you can discern much about the circumstances surrounding a death. The body’s wounds can tell, for example, the kind of gun used in a crime, the time lapsed between the lethal event and the body’s discovery; the strength possessed by an aggressor; the size of the culprit’s hands, perhaps even a possible motive—such as wether the death was accidental or intended. All of this is revealed from an analysis of the body’s injuries.