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Faith, Reason, Justice

Thursday, September 10th, 2020

The Gospel that I learned as a child centered on the Gold Rule.  Jesus said, “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”  The principle is found in cultures around the world. Immanuel Kant, coming at the end of the […]

Generosity

Sunday, August 9th, 2020

Matthew Chapter 20 starts with a parable about workers’ pay.  An owner agrees to pay everyone a denarius at the start of the day.  He then hires more workers periodically throughout the day, even when there was little daylight left. When it is time for the paycheck, the last hired were paid first.  They received […]

Good Samaritan

Friday, May 29th, 2020

The gospels are a rich source of wisdom.  In simple parables, they offer role models for good behavior. They also highlight some bad behavior. Often these parables take an unexpected turn and contradict common sense. The Gospels turn our common beliefs on their heads. One of my favorite parables is the story of the Good […]

Keep Calm and Tell the Truth.

Saturday, March 7th, 2020

Lies, not the truth, cause mass panic and paranoia. If the Chinese Communists had been open to the truth, the world would be a better place. At first, it tried to punish the dissenters. Only reluctantly did it decide to face reality. Dissent created the Modern World. Martin Luther, Copernicus, Voltaire, Wollstonecraft, Darwin, Plessy, Carson, […]

Christmas at the Vatican

Sunday, December 29th, 2019

feuilleton: nom masculin (diminutif de feuillet) Film télévisé, histoire radiodiffusée en plusieurs épisodes de courte durée.

All Means All

Sunday, April 28th, 2019

Let me repeat everything Jesus said about gays and lesbians. “____________________________” Nope. Nada. Hating gays and lesbians is not part of Christianity. Go back and read the Gospels. Love all. Care for all. All means all. “‘Not something to be flaunted, praised or politicized’: Franklin Graham blasts Buttigieg for being gay “

Abuse is about power and cruelty.

Monday, February 11th, 2019

Abuse is not caused by celebacy. Abuse is not caused by sexual orientation.Abuse is not caused by theology. Abuse is about power and cruelty. As along as we allow people with power easy access to victims, abuse will continue. Stopping abuse requires immediate reporting, credible investigations and certain punishments. Abuse can happen in a family, […]

Rejoice in the New Day

Sunday, February 3rd, 2019

Allegation Credible

Friday, February 1st, 2019

I lost a friend today. Not to death, but to a credible allegation. As his friend, I hold out hope it remains an allegation. Allegation means there is no proof. As a Catholic, I know the “credible” part requires the Church to take preventive action. “Credible” means that it is possible to be true. I’ve […]

Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and the Power of Myth

Monday, December 3rd, 2018

Bill Moyers introduced Dr. Joseph Campbell to the “general public” in the 1988 PBS series the Power of Myth. Campbell dazzled the audience with exotic mythological tales as well as the fundamental similarities among the world’s seemingly diverse traditions. The interviews revealed Campbell’s’s life-long quest to understand the human experience. He is most famous for […]

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