Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo

Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo is Professor Emeritus of Puerto Rican and Latino Studies at Brooklyn College and Distinguished Scholar of the City University of New York.

Stories by Anthony M. Stevens-Arroyo

The Soul of an Embryonic Stem Cell

When President Obama revoked a ban on federal funding for embryonic stem cell research he invited some Pro-life bloggers to … Continued

Gods in Spandex

The appearance on the big screen of the comic book — I mean “graphic novel” — “Watchmen” rings an alarm … Continued

Catholics and Racism

I don’t know if I agree with the “coward” part of his statement, but Attorney General Eric Holder’s concern for … Continued

The Natural Solution to Church-State Separation

Many commentaries on President Obama’s new policy for faith-based initiatives seem to flounder on the same issue: How can something … Continued

Will Obama Save Catholic Schools?

One of the quirks of President Obama is that he appears liberal, but is strikingly pragmatic. This idiosyncrasy may benefit … Continued

A Catholic Odd Couple: Pelosi and Donohue

Nancy Pelosi, the first Catholic woman to be Speaker of the House and Dr. William Donohue spokesman for the Catholic … Continued

Ending Schism with a Bang

Because I think anti-Catholicism is as odious as anti-Semitism, I am concerned by the barrage of criticism in the media … Continued

Catholics Playing Good Cop, Bad Cop on Abortion?

While pro-life marchers brought to Washington DC by Catholic diocesan agencies carried posters depicting President Barack Obama with Hitler’s mustache … Continued

Why Fear FOCA?

From the pulpit, our pastor read our bishop’s statement calling for an all-out effort to keep the Freedom of Choice … Continued

Losing Haight and Neuhaus

Catholic America lost two important intellectual voices in the first fortnight of January 2009. The influential neo-conservative intellectual, Father John … Continued

The Vatican, Israel and Anti-Semitism

Back in the 19th century, the Vatican learned that forming Italy into a “Catholic State” governed by Catholic laws was … Continued

Looking Back at Catholic America

With the close of 2008, I took stock of the first nine months of this online column. The original idea … Continued

Christmas, Atheism and Humbug!

Every year at this time, the shadow of the Dickens’ character, Ebenezer Scrooge, casts “Humbug” over Christmas. Mr. Scrooge was … Continued

Truly Catholic and Truly Homosexual

Among Catholic homosexuals this December 2008, all is not “merry and gay,” despite the holiday singing. While there was some … Continued

Stem Cells and Not-So-Immaculate Conceptions

Note to readers: Find my reaction to “Dignitas Personae,” the Vatican’s statement on matters related to reproductive science issued Friday, … Continued

A Gay Jesus and Catholic Art

“Corpus Christi” is a play written by an Irish Catholic named Terrence McNally, first performed on Broadway in 1998 and … Continued

Thanksgiving: A Holy Day at Home for All

Each Thanksgiving in our family going back to my dearly departed abuelita from Puerto Rico, the very American turkey has … Continued

The Feast of the Kin-dom of Christ

I am conservative when it comes to changing Scripture to be “cute.” But every year when we come to the … Continued

Redefining Liberal Voters

The high turnout in the vote for Barack Obama in the 2008 election also resulted in the ban on same-sex … Continued

Red and Blue Bishops

Every year, the Catholic bishops of the United States meet in the fall, before the start of the new liturgical … Continued