Category Archives: The Spirit

Heads Up: Willian Penn Followup Coming Soon

Was William Penn Punished Enough? (Partial List)

Jailed:

  •  Cork Ireland, Sept. 1668, for attending meeting.
  •  Tower of London, Nov or Dec-1668 – 8 months; accused (but not tried) of blasphemy, wrote No Cross, No Crown.
  •  Again in August 1670, for preaching, tried with Quaker William Mead in Mead-Bushell case: established the right of juries to reach their own verdict free of judicial pressure.

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Another Religious Culture War Battle Begins: The U. S. Catholic Bishops vs. Pope Francis

[NOTE: According to the National Catholic Reporter {NCR}, most American Catholic bishops are politically rightwing, culturally reactionary and sworn enemies of pope Francis, their official leader. NCR’s lead reporter here decries their election of a new head of the U.. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, deeming it an insulting slap at the pontiff.]

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Aftermath #3: Crumbling Pillars? The Dawning of a Long Dark Night?

Particularly when it comes to politics, I seem to be a perennial pessimist, even a catastrophist, expecting every election to yield defeat and disaster. The last time this blanket prediction went wrong was in 2012, a decade which feels like an eon ago. (The 2020 election initially seemed better; but that November was followed by the cavalcade of horrors which continues today.)

Peering into the Tuesday fog, I continue to urge all and sundry to do their civic duty to campaign and vote. But most of the Wise Persons tell us that many key races may not be decided for days, or weeks, or without civil unrest. So meantime I am definitely working to  prepare myself for the worst.

Besides sliding my ballot into the slot on the first day of early voting, this outlook now has me reaching for a book I keep close at hand, Dark Night Journey, by the late Sandra Cronk. Continue reading Aftermath #3: Crumbling Pillars? The Dawning of a Long Dark Night?