Being American Muslims: A Conversation

“Responsible parenting means responsibility towards thinking about community and the world in a pluralistic fashion and teaching your children to think that way.” It was that very thought from Dr. Sana Tayyen on raising her children that led her to accept Fr. James...

September 2017

TOUCHPOINT September 2017 All Er Nuthin’ I love musicals. When I was in high school, I was part of a singing and dancing chorus for the Rodgers and Hammerstein 1955 musical, “Oklahoma.” I loved a lot of the songs, but one comes back to me often these days....

August 2017

TOUCHPOINT August 2017 Thinking and Believing I am sometimes referred to as a “hyphenated priest”, as in a priest-professor. Because of that dual identity, I often have dual experiences. For example, when I am at the university, I am often perceived as...

July 2017

TOUCHPOINT July 2017 Myth and History In his late 20s, C. S. Lewis began talking to J. R. R. Tolkein about faith. Lewis was an atheist, Tolkien a Catholic. Lewis loved mythology, especially Norse mythology, with its great stories of Thor, Baldur and Loki. Tolkein also...

June 2017

TOUCHPOINT June 2017 Science and Catholicism, Again? I don’t know about you, but I am getting tired of trying to explain why science and Catholicism are not opposed. Scientists study the world God created, right? The same God sent Jesus. If there is conflict, it is...