©2020 by Robert G. Shine

WRITING

THE ANSWER TO SUFFERING IS JUSTICE

National Catholic Reporter | December 19, 2018

"Being Catholic in the age of Trump can be draining. I confess that, at times, I relinquish working for justice. I turn on my 'out of office' reply and tune out media reports in favor of the shelter Netflix comedies provide. I suspect I am not alone in needing such escapes. But Christ invites us to never run too far from reality. How then do we keep seeking justice, when the church, which should be our refuge, has become a source of wounding betrayal and the world storms around us?"

INTERFAITH DIALOGUE REALLY IS RELATIONAL, ACCESSIBLE

National Catholic Reporter | August 8, 2018

"Today, Islamophobia widely afflicts U.S. Muslims, and our nation's imperialism is ravaging Muslim communities abroad. It is time for U.S. Catholics to own our complicity in this oppression and to answer God's call to be a people of God in dialogue and solidarity with our Muslim siblings. Reading Finding Jesus Among Muslims can be a timely resource to help us enter "the dialogue of life" and, in turn, can be a very meaningful first step in transforming God's vision into our reality."

KNOWING GOD'S LOVE THROUGH INTIMACY THAT BREAKS BOUNDARIES

National Catholic Reporter | March 1, 2017

"Why, then, do most of us so desperately seek to restrain and restrict love? And what would happen if we stopped policing intimacy through civil laws and cultural taboos, enforcing them as if they are a set of Love Laws? What if we just let love run wild through our lives?"

LEARNING PATIENCE IN AN INTERIM TIME

Women's Ordination Conference | July 31, 2018

"Even as I yearn for a renewed Church, patience demands that I be completely present to the living Church today with its all wounds and faults. Patience challenges me to not flee the Cross like the male disciples, but to gaze directly at Christ Crucified in the Church’s victims and remain there like the women who loved Jesus."

HONORING THE FEMINIST ARCHBISHOP

Women's Ordination Conference | July 28, 2018

"The New York Times obituary for Hunthausen cites the archbishop’s conviction that Vatican II’s education for him was to prioritize “the primacy of love” over “the power of law and discipline.” Though it cost him greatly, he lived that mission with admirable courage and abundant mercy. With his passing, feminist Catholics gain another advocate in the cloud of witnesses."

SPEAK TO WHAT YOU KNOW. TESTIFY TO WHAT YOU HAVE SEEN.

Pax Christi USA | October 18, 2016

"That is why today, the testimony of the Catholic peace movement is so deeply needed. We may not be accepted at first, but we must continue speaking what we know of God’s justice and testifying to what we have seen of God’s peace. I pray we may have the fortitude and the grace to keep proclaiming Christ’s love in these challenging times."