President Barack Obama is making a statement on a shift in United States policy toward Cuba. The shift comes after US Agency for International Development contractor Alan Gross and three members of the “Cuban Five” were freed from Cuba and the US in a prisoner swap. The Associated Press reports, according to unnamed US officials [...]
|By: Kevin Gosztola Wednesday December 17, 2014 8:54 am|
|By: Attaturk Monday October 20, 2014 1:30 am|
For those of you who’ve been mildly surprised with the almost modern reign of Pope Frank, the week started out pretty well.
|By: Peterr Saturday August 2, 2014 9:20 am|
In 2007, Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land spoke of the dangers of the wall of separation built by Israel: “This wall does not provide security, it breeds despair and a culture of separation. And it cannot contain the hatred and resentment that are building every day.” Fast forward to 2014, and the thoughts of the former head of Shin Bet, Yuval Diskin, on the situation in Gaza only confirms Younan’s wisdom.
|By: DSWright Monday July 14, 2014 2:25 pm|
Pope Francis marched into one of the Catholic Church’s most prominent scandals of the last generation, priests molesting children. Pope Francis compared pedophilia in the Catholic Church to leprosy and claimed that it had infected the Church. He went further to offer an estimate, provided in consultation with his advisors, that about 2% of the clergy are pedophiles.
|By: masaccio Sunday June 15, 2014 10:30 am|
We should be listening to Pope Francis. He’s looking at the forest, while we aren’t even able to talk about trees.
|By: Peterr Saturday June 7, 2014 10:01 am|
On the way home from his trip to the Middle East, Pope Francis gave a press conference that hinted about some big future shakeups. The first came out on Thursday, as Francis has put the old guard of Italians who ran the Vatican’s financial operations out and brought in folks with considerable financial expertise who understand — and support — international financial transparency rules. At the same time, Timothy Dolan, the Bishop of Wall Street, tried to dial back some of Francis’ pointed comments about exploitative capitalism (with some help from Larry Kudlow), but experts in Catholic ethics and social teachings took Dolan’s work apart in short order.
Could action on that other scandal be next? Let us pray . . .
|By: EdwardTeller Tuesday May 27, 2014 7:24 pm|
A pontiff who appears to be the most humble in generations might be hard, almost impossible to humiliate. That didn’t keep the first foreign leader to star in political ads opposing a sitting American President’s re-election efforts from trying, though.
|By: Dennis Trainor Jr Sunday May 18, 2014 7:00 am|
Discussed: Abortion, Pope Francis, Patriarchy, Does the choice movement need an “it gets better” campaign to empower women to not hide/ apologize about their abortions?, Roe v. Wade, Clinic defenders, Abortion stories, How the Bible teaches women to abort unwanted pregnancy, Bad Choices, Being a target of a pro-life “wanted” poster, Abortion as a local issue, Single women who love sex and don’t want babies.
|By: Peterr Saturday February 22, 2014 10:14 am|
Bishop Robert Finn, head of the diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph Missouri, has not had a good week as two big stories have put him back in the headlines, and not in a good way. Back in October 2011, Finn was charged with failing to report suspicions that one of his priests was creating child pornography, and in May 2012 he was found guilty and given a sentence that amounts to probation and supervision. Meanwhile, he remains bishop.
But that may change, as these two big stories collide . . .