Patrick Stallwood

 

World News Editor

 

Patrick Stallwood is the World News Editor. He is a sophomore studying psychology and theology with hopes to become a youth minister or a teacher. In the summer you can find him wrestling alligators at his Florida home.

Wed

19

Jun

2019

Abortion Legislation Sweeps Nation

Pro-Life and Pro-Abortion protestors outside of the U.S. Supreme Court
Pro-Life and Pro-Abortion protestors outside of the U.S. Supreme Court

by Patrick Stallwood

 

As the the nation continues debating the legality of abortion, new laws are being passed and bills are being proposed in several states. This activity has prompted an update for the abortion legislation article published in May. Here are some of the further developments.

 

Alabama

On May 16, Governor Kay Ivey signed the Alabama Human Life Protection Act into law. The most restrictive abortion law in the United States, it fully bans abortion and punishes participating physicians with a murder charge. The language of the law defines the beginning of human life as conception, with the unborn child having individual rights. The only exceptions are for health risks to the child’s mother, as in the case of ectopic pregnancies.

 

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Wed

01

May

2019

Conservative Supreme Court Sparks Pro-life Legislation

by Patrick Stallwood

 

 

With a conservative majority in the Supreme Court, a series of pro-life legislation has emerged, with pro-choice proposals to counter. Here is a summary of abortion bills currently being debated and laws that have recently been passed.

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Sat

06

Apr

2019

Pope Francis Refuses Cardinal Barbarin’s Resignation Offer

Phillipe Cardinal Barbarin pictured at World Youth Day 2011.
Phillipe Cardinal Barbarin pictured at World Youth Day 2011.

by Patrick Stallwood


On March 18, Philippe Cardinal Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, France, met with Pope Francis to hand in his resignation. Word emerged the next day that the pontiff had refused to accept this decision. The news comes after a March 7 verdict that found Barbarin guilty of failing to report accusations of sexual abuse against priest Rev. Bernard Preynat. Barbarin has been given a six-month suspended sentence, but claims he is being unjustly accused. Following the conviction, Barbarin’s lawyers have appealed the court decision.

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Wed

27

Mar

2019

Modern Marriage: Professor Andrew Prevot

by Patrick Stallwood

 

As the American divorce rate hovers around 50%, examples of happy marriages increasingly stand out as the exception—yet most of our fellow Boston College students, statistically speaking, will be married in the future. The interview series “Modern Marriage” aims to provide encouragement and insight to young people as we consider what a healthy marriage looks like. 

 

This month, Patrick Stallwood spoke to Professor Andrew Prevot of the BC Theology Department. This is the full interview (an abridged version can be found in our print issue).

 

 

The Torch. So, if you wouldn't mind just introducing yourself and you know, name and your position here at Boston College.

 

Professor Prevot. Sure. I'm Andrew Prevot. I'm an associate professor of theology here in the theology department, focusing on systematic theology.

 

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Wed

27

Mar

2019

Pope Francis to Unseal Archives on Pius XII in 2020

by Patrick Stallwood and Mathieu Ronayne

 

On March 4, Pope Francis announced that the Vatican will unseal the archives on Pope Pius XII, the Pontiff who reigned during World War II. Many Jewish groups have condemned Pope Pius XII for not taking action to help Jews during the Holocaust, sometimes going as far to say that he was completely silent. Pope Francis acknowledged that Pius XII’s papacy contains “moments of grave difficulties, tormented decisions of human and Christian prudence, that to some could appear as reticence.”

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Tue

12

Feb

2019

Perspective: The Church and the Venezuelan Crisis

We Are Millions March in Venezuela, 2015. (Image in the public domain)
We Are Millions March in Venezuela, 2015. (Image in the public domain)

by Patrick Stallwood

            

Over the last five years, the news cycle has bent an eye on Venezuela’s intensified political and humanitarian crisis. The country’s administration has blamed many of its problems on economic sanctions levied against it by the United States since Hugo Chavez’s revolution. The United States, on the other hand, has blamed the crisis on a severe mismanagement of funds by the Venezuelan government. As living conditions worsen for many citizens in this majority-Catholic nation, it becomes increasingly important to consider the duties of the Church in the midst of the crisis.

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Wed

30

Jan

2019

Pilgrim’s Progress: Madonna Queen of the Universe National Shrine

by Patrick Stallwood

 

Pilgrim's Progress is a new feature highlighting sites of interest for Catholics in the Boston area. 

 

Many Catholics seek to creatively reinvigorate their prayer life. One can pursue this goal with a pilgrimage, a prayerful journey to a place of spiritual significance. The Church affirms the importance of pilgrimage in the Catechism, which states, “Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey toward heaven” (CCC 2691). However, in everyday life, it’s impossible for many of us to drop everything and go to the Holy Land or Rome. Therefore, this new segment will highlight the hidden Catholic gems around Boston for your next local pilgrimage.

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Wed

12

Dec

2018

“Behold, a New and Wondrous Mystery”

The Nativity by Duccio di Buoninsegna
The Nativity by Duccio di Buoninsegna

by Patrick Stallwood

 

Christmas is almost upon us, and with it, the most popular Mass of the year. Priests will be preparing for their homilies like an NFL coach prepares for the Superbowl. One bishop has set the gold standard for concise, yet inspiring sermons to a congregation of thousands­­—St. John Chrysostom. He was the archbishop of Constantinople in the late 4th century and is now a Doctor of the Church. Known for his empowering homilies and exceptional rhetoric, he was given the nickname “Chrysostom,” meaning golden mouth. 

 

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Mon

12

Nov

2018

Chris Darcy Discusses Getting Back in the Game at Agape Latte

by Patrick Stallwood

 

Agape Latte hosted its second talk of the year on November 6th with a story by Chris Darcy. Chris Darcy is an associate director in Campus Ministry, an active volunteer with St. Ignatius Parish, and has also worked with many Boston College retreats, such as Arrupe and Kairos. In addition, Darcy volunteers as a baseball coach in his hometown of Natick Massachusetts. Although Darcy’s talk was entitled “Getting Back in the Game”, it centered around a different activity than sports: his faith life. Darcy admitted that faith is now “one of my greatest passions,” even if it wasn’t always that way.

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Thu

01

Nov

2018

The (Church) Doctor Is In

St. Therese of Lisieux of Lisieux (left) and St. Teresa of Avila (right)
St. Therese of Lisieux of Lisieux (left) and St. Teresa of Avila (right)

by Patrick Stallwood

 

Earlier in October, the Church celebrated the feast days of two notable saints—St. Therese of Lisieux on October 1, and St. Teresa of Avila on October 15. These holy women share many similarities: both were Carmelite nuns who modeled lives of radical simplicity, and both provided significant insight to Christian spirituality. Their written works have contributed so much to theological understanding that these saints have been recognized as Doctors of the Church. This sounds like an important title, but what does it mean? How does one become a Doctor of the Church?

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Wed

26

Sep

2018

Boston College Screens Pope Francis: A Man of His Word

by Patrick Stallwood

 

On September 12,  the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life hosted a screening of Pope Francis: A Man of His Word featuring a faculty panel of Sr. Mary Ann Hinsdale, IHM, associate professor Theresa O’Keefe, and Fr. Peter Folan, S.J. Sr. Mary Ann Hinsdale is associate professor of theology and sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She specializes in feminist theology and ecclesiology. Theresa O’Keefe is the associate professor of the practice of youth and young adult faith. Her specialties also include educational and ministerial formation, as well as feminist theology. Fr. Peter Folan is a Jesuit doctoral candidate in systematic theology. His research pertains to the use of scripture for theological reflection, as well as the importance of ecumenical dialogue.

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Thu

03

May

2018

A Quiet Place: Family Over Fear

by Patrick Stallwood

 

WARNING: This article contains minor spoilers from A Quiet Place

 

A Quiet Place has been dominating the box office this month and for a good reason. The movie has garnered praise from critics and amateurs alike, who were pleasantly surprised by John Krasinski’s ability to direct, write, and star in an action-horror movie after rising to fame as Jim in The Office. John Krasinski and his wife Emily Blunt play the parents of actors Noah Jupe and Millicent Simmonds; collectively, they are known as the Abbot family. Simmonds performance is especially remarkable, as she is deaf and is playing a deaf child, bringing authenticity to the role. 

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Thu

03

May

2018

What it Takes to Run the Marathon

Marathon runner Evelyn Rakowsky (MCAS '18) takes a quick photo break with her friends (Photo credit: Stephanie Nekoroski)
Marathon runner Evelyn Rakowsky (MCAS '18) takes a quick photo break with her friends (Photo credit: Stephanie Nekoroski)

by Patrick Stallwood

 

The Boston Marathon is among the most iconic races in the United States. It is the oldest and the fastest in the country, dating back to 1897 with a median finish time of 3 hours and 44 minutes. This year, the marathon runners were buffeted by cold rain and wind, yet persevered. 

 

One participant running for charity was Evelyn Rakowsky, MCAS ’18. Rakowsky has always loved running, and was part of the cross-country team in high school. She added running a marathon to her bucket list, and in the fall of her junior year, she ran the Philadelphia Marathon. 

 

This year was Rakowsky’s first Boston Marathon. She joyfully recounts, “When I saw the marathon for the first time, I just stood at Mile 21 with my friends for the whole day with signs, and it was such a special experience.” She knew then that she had to run it.

 

 

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Wed

28

Mar

2018

A Kingdom Not of This World: Kingship in Black Panther

by Patrick Stallwood

 

Spoiler Alert: If you haven’t seen the movie yet… seriously?

 

To say Black Panther is a success is an understatement. As of writing this article, the movie has grossed 1.2 billion dollars worldwide, and is on track to be the 11th highest grossing movie of all time. It has become the highest grossing superhero movie ever in the United States. Furthermore, the soundtrack for the movie, curated by Kendrick Lamar, rocketed to the top of the charts upon its release. Numbers aside, this movie is a cultural milestone, as a black superhero finally gains the attention he deserves when comic book movies have struggled with diversity in leading roles.  

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Wed

28

Mar

2018

Remembering Stephen Hawking

by Patrick Stallwood

 

Stephen Hawking, the groundbreaking theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and cultural icon, has died at the age of 76. On March 14, he passed away from complications due to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). When he was 21, Hawking was diagnosed with ALS and was told he would not live past 25. He would go on to live 55 more years, contributing some of the most influential discoveries in the field of physics.

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Tue

27

Feb

2018

“Saint” Lady Bird of Sacramento

by Patrick Stallwood

 

Lady Bird, written and directed by Gretta Gerwig, is a hopeful, character driven, coming of age dramedy set in Sacramento, California during the early 2000’s. The film portrays the complicated relationship between Christine (AKA Lady Bird) and her overbearing and overly critical mother. It also involves subplots about her relationships during senior year and her attempts to go to a college away from her boring hometown. Don’t worry, this piece is spoiler-free!

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