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Scott McLarty

About the Blogger

Scott McLarty is the former Director of the Office for Peace and Justice.

Blog posts by Scott McLarty

  • Monday, June 18, 2012

    Be Not Afraid! We are Saved by Hope!

    This week begins the Fortnight for Freedom, what the Bishops call “a great hymn of prayer for our country. . . Culminating on Independence Day, this special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action would emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty.” *  Such is our call for the next two weeks: June 21-July 4.


  • Monday, April 16, 2012

    Hear the Blood Crying

    We didn’t march; we didn’t protest; we didn’t scream and yell.  We processed.


  • Tuesday, December 27, 2011

    He Is Here!

    Merry Christmas!  No longer do we eagerly request, “Come, Lord!”  Now we proclaim, “He is here!”  The Lord of hosts, the “image of the invisible God,” the Prince of Peace, the “wisdom and power of God,” the One through whom “all things came to be,” has entered into His creation in the form of a creature. Yet, He is still God!  He is fully human and fully divine, neither some Frankensteinian combination of the two, nor a limited edition of just one.   A lamb can become a lion only by being eaten.  But God becomes man and “makes his dwelling among us” without consuming His divinity or our humanity (as if it is truly “ours” anyway).  What a wonderful paradox!


  • Monday, July 18, 2011

    A Church Divided

    As the new Director of the Office for Peace and Justice here in the Archdiocese of Chicago, I’ve been thinking a lot about what it means to be an American Catholic today concerned with peace and justice.  I must confess that Rudyard Kipling’s “Ballad of East and West” (1889) keeps popping up in my mind.  It begins and ends with the same quatrain: