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Nicholas C. Lund-Molfese

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Nicholas Lund-Molfese was the Director of the Office for Peace and Justice for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

Blog posts by Nicholas C. Lund-Molfese

  • Monday, February 07, 2011

    Women’s Work

    Monday, February 7, 2011, marks the 177th anniversary of the first day of the Cripple Creek miner's strike, led by the Western Federation of Miners and the 104th anniversary of “The Mud March,” the first large procession organized by the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies (NUWSS). The Cripple Creek strike was instigated when a cartel of Colorado mine owners lengthened the work-day of their miners to ten hours (from eight), removed some safety features, and insisted there would be no increase in pay. The labor conflict escalated, including pitched rifle battles and dynamite attacks, until the governor called out the National Guard. In contrast, The Mud March, held in London, was a model of civility and peace. It convinced the public that women who desired the right to vote were “womanly women,” in contrast to the popular images of suffragettes as “hysterical.”


  • Monday, September 20, 2010

    Thinking with the Mind of the Church on Islam

    Sadly, it was recently necessary for Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, and Dr. Zaker Sahloul, Chair of the Council of Islamic Organizations to issue a joint statement entitled, “Muslim-Catholic Partners Lament Burning of Qu’ran.”  It declared that they “stand in solidarity with people from many faiths in lamenting the intention and approval, as well as the act of burning the sacred scripture of Muslims, the Holy Qu’ran.”


  • Monday, June 14, 2010

    Sex, Desire and Babies

    I once stumbled into the Playboy Enterprises’ headquarters while going to meet a girlfriend who worked in the same building, for the Family Institute. (I was lost and it is a big building, honestly.) The receptionists of Playboy had no idea where the Family Institute might be. It was made clear to me that they did not have any connection to it. Being a provocateur, I could not resist making a comment -- on my way out the door -- to the effect that there might be a connection between sex and families.


  • Monday, January 11, 2010

    The Christian is to the World what the Soul is to the Body

    Since the beginning, Christians have lived in, and been a part of, political, cultural and economic communities which largely do not share their morality or faith. This creates tensions which are addressed in the Gospels and in the earliest examples of Christian apologetics, such as the Letter to Diognetus (from which the title of this essay is drawn). One aspect of this tension is the relationship of “Church and State,” but another is the situation faced by individual Christians or Christian families in the world.


  • Monday, July 27, 2009

    How NOT to Read an Encyclical

    The editor of this blog and I were joking that the tone I should aim for is "interesting enough that someone might read this entry," but not so interesting that we both need to "look for new jobs."  A controversy at least shows that someone is paying attention, but it doesn't necessarily mean that anything is being learned and so it is the case with the reception of Pope Benedict's recent encyclical, Charity in Truth.  You can read it for yourself in any of at least seven languages at