Kathleen McManus is a Dominican Sister of Blauvelt, New York, and former associate professor of systematic theology at the University of Portland. She is currently engaged in theological scholarship and consultation and has written extensively on Christology, theological anthropology and the theology of suffering. She is completing a book entitled Suffering and the Vulnerable Rule of God: A Feminist Epistemology.

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'Taking a knee': a Catholic hermeneutic

I would like to offer a distinctively Catholic interpretation of this practice of "taking a knee" during the playing of the national anthem, looking at its cultural context and causes through the hermeneutical lens of the Catholic sacramental tradition.