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Matthew Fox
Matthew Fox is a theologian and Episcopal priest who was a Dominican friar for 34 years. He was expelled from the order by then-Cardinal Ratzinger for, among other things, working too closely with Native Americans and supporting women’s, gay, and indigenous rights. His 35 books have been translated into 58 languages and include Original Blessing, Occupy Spirituality, and Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh. His newest book, A Way to God: The Creation Spirituality Journey of Thomas Merton, was released in May.

Entries by Matthew Fox

The Real Winner at the Republican National Convention--The Reptilian Brain

(1) Comments | Posted July 24, 2016 | 9:16 PM

Undergoing the RNC Convention I felt like I was witnessing an Orgy of the Reptilian Brain. Words that come to mind are the following: Venom; hatred; anger; denial (not a word spoken about the most important issue of our time, climate change or any other issue about a world other...

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Some Challenges Born Of The Orlando Massacre, Including A Challenge To Silicon Valley

(1) Comments | Posted June 22, 2016 | 2:26 PM

As families, friends, and supporters gather for the funerals of the innocent victims of the horrific Orlando shooting, I see three profound challenges coming to the fore for our society.

One is simply this: In this day and age, the twenty-first century, homophobia is a grave sin that can no...

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Daniel Berrigan's Passing and Witness

(0) Comments | Posted May 4, 2016 | 2:36 PM

The life and witness, the poetry and teaching of the late Jesuit priest Daniel Berrigan hold deep meaning for us all in these days of hunger for moral leadership and spiritual meaning.

Dan was about 19 years my senior. I met him through the media that told...

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Some Thoughts on the Passing of a Prince

(2) Comments | Posted April 23, 2016 | 12:58 PM

I was moved by the many tributes to Prince on the news last night, how his philanthropy, though widely undercover, assisted many in need, and how many fans were awakened or inspired or just plain made happy by his music and his invitation to dance and to choose life. In...

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Cardinal Bertone's Sins Against Children

(9) Comments | Posted April 16, 2016 | 7:56 AM

Not content to create a strategy for priestly pedophile cover-ups during two papacies, the former Vatican Secretary of State also steals from a children's hospital

Recently news of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone's chutzpah emerged again in Barbie Latza Nadeau's article "Vatican Bling-Bling: Hospital Funds Diverted to Cardinal's Villa"...

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Honoring the Legacy of Sister Dorothy Stang, Martyr and Eco-Warrior

(1) Comments | Posted February 12, 2016 | 5:05 PM

Today, February 12, is the anniversary of the assassination, martyrdom and resurrection of Sister Dorothy Stang, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, who was murdered in the Amazon for standing with the peasants against landowners, multi-nationals and others determined to destroy peasants, indigenous peoples and others living...

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(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 7:14 PM

The Supreme Court has spoken--and quite eloquently--about the right of all Americans to marry whom they love. Implications abound well beyond the American border. Remember that last month the Irish citizenry, so long captured by a Catholic theocracy, voted overwhelmingly for the right of all Irish to marry...

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Pope Francis Speaks Up for the Earth and Indigenous Peoples So How Can He Canonize Serra?

(5) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 8:21 AM

I read Pope Francis' eco-encyclical with profound hope that it will effect a turning point in the global understanding of the impact of climate change on our Mother Earth. I pray that its words will turn the corrupted hearts and minds on Capitol Hill and all places of...

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A Patron Saint for Colonizers and Racists?

(8) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 2:43 PM

The first pope of the Americas...a fresh voice for liberation theology, social justice, and the environment...a pope whose Holy See delegation sternly advocated indigenous rights to the U.N... we who respect the Native American peoples have been eager to see who would be the first saints Pope Francis would canonize...

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The Irish Vote -- a New Pentecost for the Church?

(3) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 4:32 PM

I have been reading many responses to the significant news that Ireland is now the first country where gay marriage has been approved -- and approved overwhelmingly by a 2-1 margin -- by a popular vote. I think it matters that this vote came on the weekend of Pentecost, the...

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Men Behaving Badly

(0) Comments | Posted November 13, 2014 | 2:52 PM

Recent news stories have not been showing the better side of men. From police brutality to domestic violence and international terrorism, we've seen stories lately to raise horror and concern.

We've seen a white male cop gun down a young black man, apparently for walking while black on the...

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Pope Francis: Man of the Year and a Sign of Some Hope

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2013 | 12:39 PM

In my recent book, Letters to Pope Francis, I challenge the new pontiff to live up to his purposefully chosen namesake and alert him to how people would hold his feet to the fire because no other pope had ever taken up that iconic name.

Most people do know that...

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Occupy Is Not Dead: A New Call for an Engaged Spirituality

(3) Comments | Posted September 16, 2013 | 5:52 PM

People argue whether Occupy was successful and whether it is still around. To us, Occupy is not over. It is just beginning. Occupy is about intuition for justice that this new generation is sensing and giving birth to through their courage. Revolutions will come and go. Movements will change names...

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How the Papal Conclave Could Renew Religion: My Two Votes for Pope

(0) Comments | Posted March 13, 2013 | 11:22 AM

I was asked yesterday on the "Young Turks" TV show how the Vatican could recover its sense of moral and spiritual leadership. First, I acknowledge the depths of the question: The Vatican over the past 42 years has lost any inkling of moral and spiritual respect.


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The Dark Legacy of Pope Benedict XVI

(46) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 11:32 AM

The pope has chosen to step down, the first pope in seven centuries to do so. As a Christian, I witness his legacy, and that of his predecessor, with profoundly mixed feelings: outrage over the crimes committed against the people of God, and relief that the masks covering the corruption...

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With Pope Benedict's Resignation, It's Time to Move From Religion to Spirituality

(59) Comments | Posted February 11, 2013 | 1:08 PM

In many regards my goodbye salute to Pope Benedict XVI is to be found in my book, "The Pope's War: How Ratzinger's Crusade Imperiled the Church and How It Can Be Saved," where I put the past 42 years of the papacy in perspective. There I catalog his...

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Celebrating Hildegard of Bingen, Doctor of the Church, Herald of the Divine Feminine

(70) Comments | Posted October 15, 2012 | 11:26 AM

On Oct. 7, Pope Benedict XVI declared Hildegard of Bingen a Doctor of the Church (one of only four women so named in 2,000 years of history).

Why? There is not a single hint as to why in the vacuous Vatican announcement. But in my new book, "Hildegard of...

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Cordileone's Installation: An Ominous Day for San Francisco

(3) Comments | Posted October 10, 2012 | 3:13 PM

We learn that the new Archbishop of San Francisco celebrated his ecclesial elevation making jokes in the pulpit about his DUI arrest (last time I looked driving while drunk was a very serious danger to others--check out the Bishop of Phoenix who killed a man in a hit and run...

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Becoming Christian Mystics Again

(292) Comments | Posted May 1, 2011 | 8:46 PM

Albert Einstein was asked toward the end of his life if he had any regrets. He answered: "I wish I had read more of the mystics earlier in my life." This is a significant confession, coming as it does from one of the greatest geniuses of the 20th century, a...

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