NOTICE: In early 2018, after a twelve-year run, Catholic Comments has ceased producing new episodes. The Catholic Comments web site site will remain active for at least one year. All episodes have also been archived here in the CDR by the Creighton University Libraries.

Catholic Comments was an audio program dedicated to the discussion of the Contemporary Catholic Church from an Ignatian perspective. It was hosted by Dr. John J. O’Keefe and Dr. Wendy M. Wright, both members of the theology faculty at Creighton University, a Jesuit, Catholic University in Omaha, Nebraska.

The Center for Catholic Thought at Creighton University was created in 2009. The Center serves students, faculty, staff, and the local Catholic community through a series of programs designed to explore and promote the Catholic Intellectual Tradition.

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Recent Submissions

  • Ignite Full Event 2015 

    O'Keefe IV, John J.; Burke-Sullivan, Eileen; Godzieba, Anthony J.; Burke, Kevin S.J.; Oakes, Kaya; Gilger, Paddy S.J. (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    EXCERPT|John O'Keefe Introduces 1st Annual Ignite Talks, in memory of Rev. William J. Harmless, S.J.|A tribute video show in pieces throughout the event|Invocation by Eileen Burke-Sullivan|Anthony J. Godzieba: 'Christianity ...
  • Christianity as Music: Putting the Incarnational Imagination Into Play 

    Godzieba, Anthony J. (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    EXCERPT|How is Christianity like music? If that's too bland for you, how about an edgier version of the question, why has our understanding of Christian truth, Christian life, Christian meaning, and its effects on everyday ...
  • Spiritual Autobiography in a Secular Time 

    Oakes, Kaya (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    EXCERPT|If you don't tell your own story, someone else will. Telling your story is an act of claiming your faith, of framing it and owning it. Think about Martin Luther King, who shared his faith as part of his story he ...
  • Calligraphers of the Ineffable: the Burden of Mysticism in the Digital Age 

    Gilger, Paddy S.J. (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    EXCERPT|[William Harmless, S.J.] says mysticism could be union in love of God and ourselves. Or it could be Ronner's definition, experience of God that emerges from the heart of our existence, or it could be a knowledge ...
  • Questions, Poetry, and Friendship 

    Burke, Kevin S.J. (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2015)
    EXCERPT|But questions, poetry, friendship: can they be woven with these themes of being innovative, stimulating, theological, seeking a unity of mind, heart, and soul? And to do so, I would like to do this with some images...
  • Ignite Full Event 2016 

    O'Keefe IV, John J.; Hauser, Richard J., S.J.; Scheid, Anna Floerke; Cavanaugh, William T.; Imperatori-Lee, Natalia; Schneider, Nathan (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    EXCERPT|John O'Keefe Introduces 2rd Annual Ignite Talks|Companian video played in parts throughout event|Richard J. Hauser, S.J. gives an invocation|Anna Floerke Scheid: 'A Spirituality of Forgiveness'|William Cavanaugh: ...
  • Social Worship: Cooperative Economics from the Book of Acts to Pope Francis 

    Schneider, Nathan (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    EXCERPT|This is something that I've been trying to do in organizing international networks of entrepreneurs and activists working to build an online economy, where the online platforms, the Facebooks, the Ubers, are owned ...
  • Borders Within the Heart: Perception, Reflection, and Identity 

    Kelly, Tom (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017)
    EXCERPT|Where do we stand on borders and walls? Every year I guide two groups to visit two different borders. One of those borders is between the Dominican Republic in Haiti and the other is between the United States and ...
  • Making Sense of the Faithful: Why We Need More Storytellers 

    Imperatori-Lee, Natalia (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    EXCERPT|I think when you say something like I stopped believing in the doctrines, what you're looking at is a spectacular theological failure that is on us. I am taking it on as my guilt and shame and I am begging for your ...
  • Ignite Full Event 2017 

    O'Keefe IV, John J.; Burke-Sullivan, Eileen; Kelly, Tom; VanDyke, Christina; Bivins, Jason; Krawiec, Rebecca (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017)
    EXCERPT|John O'Keefe introduces 3rd Annual Ignite Talks|Companian video played in parts throughout event|Eileen Burke-Sullivan gives an invocation|Tom Kelly: 'Borders Within the Heart: Perception, Reflection, and ...
  • God as a Wall of Fire: Walls, Boundaries, and Identity in Egyptian Monasticism 

    Krawiec, Rebecca (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017)
    EXCERPT|When thinking about the roles of walls in Egyptian monasticism, I decided to start with a straightforward and yet fundamental point about the roles of walls in religious spaces all together. That they mark out a ...
  • The World Does Not Need Me: On Politics and Humility 

    Cavanaugh, William T. (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    EXCERPT|The only way to change the world is to live as if God has already changed the world, because God has, so instead of doing everything or doing nothing it's the grace to do one thing and that one thing then frees us ...
  • Tiny Cells, Interior Castles: Changing the World From Within 

    VanDyke, Christina (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017)
    EXCERPT|This is not a talk about oppression. However, this is a story of three remarkable women: Hadewijch, Catherine of Siena, and Julian of Norwich, who each found their own ways of transcending the walls, both metaphorical ...
  • Improvised Religion: Boundaries and Flow 

    Bivins, Jason (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2017)
    EXCERPT|So looking to jazz for me was a provocation to the way I study religion. I've also learned that the conceptual tangles that I've tried to present here capture how for the musicians themselves, spirituality or ...
  • A Spirituality of Forgiveness 

    Scheid, Anna Floerke (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2016)
    EXCERPT|Richard McBrien is a prolific Catholic theologian and among the things as he's written on has been spirituality and he describes a spirituality as an experience of God that shapes our consciousness and our daily ...
  • The Spirituality of Thomas Merton – Repost 

    O'Keefe, John J. (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018)
    Fr. Richard Hauser, S.J. discusses the spirituality of Thomas Merton.|We recorded this podcast of Fr. Richard Hauser, S.J. in 2012. Fr. Hauser passed away last month. RIP Dick.
  • The Eucharist and Social Justice -- Repost 

    Massaro, Thomas, S.J. (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018)
    Rev. Thomas Massaro, S.J. discusses the relationship between the Eucharist and social justice.|Massaro is the dean of the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University in Berkeley California.|This podcast originally ...
  • New Perspectives on Paul -- Repost 

    Stegman, Thomas (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018)
    Thomas Stegman, S.J. discusses new scholarly perspectives on Paul. Stegman teaches at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.|This program first appeared in 2013.
  • Philosophy and the Jesuit University 

    McPherson, David (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018)
    David McPherson comes back to the show to discuss the role of Philosophy at a Jesuit University.|Dr. McPherson teaches philosophy at Creighton University.
  • The Lord’s Prayer – Repost 

    Hamm, Dennis, S.J. (Center for Catholic Thought, Creighton University.Omaha, Nebraska, United States, 2018)
    New Testament scholar, Fr. Dennis Hamm, reflects on the meaning of The Lord’s Prayer in the context of scripture.

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