The Catholic Church, The President & Abuses of Power

If you don’t live in Pennsylvania, you might have missed the story, but those of us who live here couldn’t escape it.  And, if you are a regular news reader/watcher, surely you saw something about it:  it has received national news coverage. Of course, I am talking about the huge scandal in the Catholic Church…… Continue reading The Catholic Church, The President & Abuses of Power

Recent Perversions

According to the first online dictionary that comes up with a Google Search [the extent of my research], the first definition of “perversion” is the following:  “the alteration of something from its original course, meaning, or state to a distortion or corruption of what was first intended.”  It is only the second definition that references…… Continue reading Recent Perversions

Lessons from an Epic Vote in Ireland

I have been thinking a lot about Ireland these past couple weeks. Did you see the news about the vote on the abortion amendment? You can see the story here:  Ireland Votes to End Abortion Ban. Since 1983, Ireland has had an amendment to the Constitution that recognized equal right to life for the fetus…… Continue reading Lessons from an Epic Vote in Ireland

All Buddhists are Nice People, Right?

I get alerts from The New York Times on a variety of topics, including animals, adoption, religion, and philosophy, among other things.  Yesterday, this article came in my inbox, under the “philosophy” category [not religion, which in itself is interesting]: Buddhists and Violence.  The article, which actually is titled “Why are We Surprised when Buddhists are Violent,”…… Continue reading All Buddhists are Nice People, Right?

Sanctuary, Religious Freedom & the 8th Commandment

This morning, I heard the story on NPR about a woman who has sought sanctuary in a Denver church in order to avoid deportation–here is the link:  Colorado Church offers Sanctuary.  In the story, the concept of religious freedom was mentioned, which the new administration has promised to uphold; but a spokesperson who opposes the…… Continue reading Sanctuary, Religious Freedom & the 8th Commandment