How any Christian could support the death penalty, knowing full well that Christ suffered it, is beyond me. Human dignity is not optional.
May our contemplation of Jesus, who falls yet rises once more, help us to overcome the kinds of narrowness which fear of the future impresses on our hearts, especially at this time of crisis. Let us leave behind our unhealthy nostalgia for the past, our complacency and our refusal to change, and the attitude that says: “But we’ve always done it this way!”
From reflections on the Way of The Cross that Pope Francis will lead this Friday.
I pray that the Pope truly hears these words when he speaks them.
In our Roman tradition, we do not bar a person from Communion at the time of divorce but at the time when that person is filled with hope, beginning a new life with another, and seeking to regularize that united life before the law and before God. It is then that we say, “Sorry, no more communion.” I understand the theology and the canons on this point, but experientially, that is to say pastorally, the focus is off.
Michael Sean Winters, “Divorce & Remarriage”
A great column addressing this important issue.
‘Star Trek’ actress lends her gravitas to film promoting idea that sun revolves around Earth | The Raw Story
"A new documentary film, narrated by a former Star Trek actress, promotes the long-ago disproven idea that the sun revolves around the Earth."
Two things about this…
1) Picard is the best captain.
2) The guy making this is Catholic?
Where were the state exorcisms from bishops in states with grossly unjust immigration practices? Where were the marches in our nation’s capitol from bishops who oversee dioceses (read: all of them) where the poor are sickeningly neglected? Where were the bishops who hold vigils outside of military headquarters where our youth are sent to kill so many innocents? Where were the bishops writing so many strong editorials against Wall Street and our crippling income inequality? Where were the bishops on Fox News defending human dignity in all the sick, especially the non-insured? Please, don’t waste my time with ‘the magisterium is always right’ or ‘the hierarchy can’t possibly be misogynist because Mary.’ This current college of American bishops embarrasses me… Remember that one time Glenn Beck said, “We’re all Catholics now”? That still haunts me.