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In Mother Mary’s Kitchen

Pillar of Peace: Interfaith Dialogue
Commentary by Mary Liston Liepold, Editor-in-Chief
For Catholics, May is Mary’s month. I went to Catholic school in the 1950s, when Mary was the default name for Catholic girls. We were Mary Margarets, Mary Elizabeths, Mary Kates, Mary Janes and Mary Joans, the rather daring Mary Michael, and me, Mary Ann. I was sure mine was the plainest vanilla of them all.
I read in Sunday’s Washington Post that in 2009 the name Mary―reportedly “the most popular name in the history of the English language”―fell out of the …

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We’re Not Keeping It in the Family Anymore

Pillar of Peace: Conflict Transformation
Commentary by Alicia Simoni, Community Manager and Staff Writer
In response to an article I recently wrote—Making Sense of Violence (While Getting a Pedicure)—a thoughtful reader reminded me of the unfortunate reality that violence against women and  “the dedication to keeping family events ‘in the family’ runs through our history.”
I absolutely agree. There is nothing new about violence against women. If it hasn’t existed forever—perhaps men were more willing to acknowledge women as equals when women were priests and the powers that govern the universe were depicted …

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