Archive | December, 2014

Is martyrdom marketable?

December 26, 2014

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Slice another pie and mix up more stuffing. The religious festivals tramp on like salivating cholesterol monsters. The Feast of St. Stephens comes on December 26th, the same date as Boxing Day in the former British Empire and Wren’s Day in Ireland. It’s also the Second Day of Christmas (remember the thirteen-day season) and Rummage-through-the-leftovers Day. Because we can.

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Mary & Joseph: Walking through the unknown toward destiny

December 24, 2014

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We can take as our models Mary and Joseph, who had the right to be the two most confused people in history, who were confronted with something utterly baffling, but did what God was asking of them, anyway … Mary and Joseph do three simple but essential things: they listen, they trust, they love.

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Gotta hand it to him: He’s consistent

December 20, 2014

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Let’s tip our hats to the oft-infuriating Republican Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky: He is a true, government-keep-your-mitts-off libertarian. Thus he supports re-opening US relations with Cuba, which puts him at odds with many of his GOP colleagues. He and Marco Rubio are now throwing barbs on Twitter.

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Catholic Bishops: End Fossil Fuel Addiction

December 13, 2014

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Roman Catholic bishops from around the world have called for a binding international agreement that would wean humanity from fossil fuels, citing protection of the poor as a major reason.  Here is their statement: Catholic Bishops͛ statement in Lima on the road to Paris Introduction – from COP20 to COP21 We Catholic Bishops from all […]

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Catholic Theologians’ statement on racial justice

December 8, 2014

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Almost 200 Catholic theologians signed on to a “statement of commitment to racial justice.” It is posted on the Catholic Moral Theology” web site and it speaks for itself.  Here’s a paragraph, followed by a link: The season of Advent is meant to be a time when Christians remember the birth of Jesus Christ, when God […]

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Wisdom from the Jesuits: Climate change signals a vapid spirituality

December 8, 2014

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Jamie Today, S.J., displayed Ignatian Spirituality at its finest in his November 15th piece at Ecojesuit, “Healing a broken world from our communities: Thinking and praying on the gift of creation.”

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Evangelical Response to Eric Garner Decision: The System Failed

December 6, 2014

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Once again, the popular image of a Rush Limbaugh faith crumbles. Christianity Today surveyed postings from Evangelical advocates after a grand jury declined to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo, whose choke hold evidently contributed Eric Garner’s death. Almost all the leaders were disheartened.

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