Category Archives: Ecumenical & Interfaith

Pope Francis: Wanted Dead, Or If Alive, Then Retired & Silent

 

I wonder: what’s it like to be Pope Francis, waking up each morning in the Vatican knowing he’s surrounded by people praying fervently, and that many of them are begging God to make him die before noon?

Not everyone around him wants him dead, of course. Francis has fans and supporters too. And even some harsh Continue reading Pope Francis: Wanted Dead, Or If Alive, Then Retired & Silent

Quote of The Week: Rep. Ilhan Omar vs. the House GOP

 

Rep. Omar’s Speech on Republicans’ Partisan Efforts to Remove her from Foreign Affairs Committee

A Jaw-Dropping NC Governor’s Race Has Begun!

Anti-Gay? Anti-Science? Antisemitic? Run for Governor of North Carolina!

Frank Bruni

Reflections on the mess (and magic) of politics and life.

Mr. Bruni is a contributing Opinion writer who was on the staff of The Times for more than 25 years.

Robinson’s book is a hot seller at his preaching gigs.

The 2024 governor’s race in North Carolina just got underway. You care.

Not because this state is the nation’s ninth most populous, though that’s reason enough. But because what happens here is a referendum on how low Republicans will sink and how far they can nonetheless get.

Attorney General Josh Stein of North Carolina announced his candidacy last week. At present he’s the likeliest Democratic nominee

Continue reading A Jaw-Dropping NC Governor’s Race Has Begun!

Pearl Harbor, Pope Benedict & the Contested Catholic Discovery of Religious Liberty

Jesus bestowing the “Keys of the Kingdom” (aka, the control of the brand-new Catholic church to Peter, the first pope) in Matthew 16:17-19.

I missed a significant anniversary last month, on December 7.

No, not Pearl Harbor Day, December 7 1941, when a deadly Japanese surprise attack on American bases in Hawaii pulled the U. S. into World War II.

Nor was it December 7, 1973, my son’s birthday. Continue reading Pearl Harbor, Pope Benedict & the Contested Catholic Discovery of Religious Liberty

Two More Quaker Pre-Holiday Stories!

Want to hear the Christmas story told from a non-supernatural, anti-colonial perspective? Here it is, by Friend Helena Cobban, from Charlottesville VA, and her justworld educational site.

Then to follow up is another one, from me. It happened in Brooklyn New York, in 1967. I call it, How I Got So Lucky.

Previous pre-holiday stories:

A Hospice for Hope

Playing the Lottery

More to Follow; watch this space.