Articles

Joan Chittister has contributed dozens of chapters and introductions to books and over 700 articles and interviews to magazines, journals and online media including Huffington Post, The Tablet, America, Sojourners and The National Catholic Reporter where she is an online columnist. A selection of her writings and interviews are listed and linked here.

'Brotherly' Love in Today's Church

'Brotherly' Love in Today's Church

The Roman Catholic Church has a language problem. Unless the present language pattern of the church changes, women cannot ever possibly become equal in it, or be identified as the true face of the church, let alone become ordained to anything but an institutionalized recognition of their second-class status in the system. It is my contention that the use of sexist language in the church contributes to the continuance of a negative attitude toward women; affects the psychological development of women themselves; divides the church; limits its resources and perpetuates injustice.

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Call to Leadership

Stanford University

If a special person in your life is graduating this month, you might want to send them Joan Chittister’s stirring words to the Stanford graduating class of 2012.

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Seek Peace and Pursue It

Thirty-two years ago this week, May 3, 1983, the U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops adopted the historic pastoral letter: “The Challenge of Peace: God’s Promise and Our Response.”

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What We Have To Be Is What We Are: Merton’s Unfinished Agenda

We Are Already One: Thomas Merton’s Message of Hope

To celebrate Thomas Merton’s 100th birthday, one hundred international figures, including Joan Chittister, contributed reflections to We Are Already One: Thomas Merton’s Message of Hope (Fons Vitae). In her article Joan Chittister delves into Thomas Merton’s insistence that spiritual development only occurs when we have wrestled in our depths to determine who we really are—“without the masks, without the labels.”

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Seeds of a New Humanity

The Winter 2014-15 issue of Parabola Magazine featured an article by Joan Chittister on the seeds of a new humanity. “In every seed lie the components of all life the world has known from all time to now,” write Sister Joan.

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An Insanity of Rationality

An Insanity of Rationality by Joan Chittister

There is a madness abroad in the land, hiding behind the Constitution, brazenly ignoring the suffering of many who, over the years, have died in its defense, and operating under the banner of rationality. It’s a rare form of spiritual disease that thrives on violence and calls it good. Click here.

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Embracing life’s second act: getting older with grace

Embracing life’s second act: getting older with grace

“Aging well is the real goal of life,” explains Joan Chittister in this far-reaching interview with the editors of U.S. Catholic Magazine. Click here.

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The God Who Beckons

The God Who Beckons

What happens when classical spirituality meets modern science? Which of them is “right”? Are the two reconcilable? Or are they doomed to be eternal opposites? Click here.

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Faith and Justice: 14 Questions for Joan Chittister

“What’s your biggest social justice concern at this moment?” is on of 14 questions that Joan Chittister was asked by Jesuit Sean Salai in and interview for America Magazine. Click here.

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Hildegard of Bingen: 12th Century Feminist

Hildegard of Bingen

Why did it take over 800 years for the church to canonize and then name Hildegard of Bingen a Doctor of the Church? Joan Chittister explores questions like this and comments on Hildegard of Bingen’s legacy in an interview with Alicia Von Stamwitz in St. Anthony MessengerClick herer for PDF.

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