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

Commemoration & Hope in April

The first two weeks of April are filled with significant commemorations, and I’m not even talking about Easter and Passover. April 4th of this year was the 50th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. April 9th was the commemoration of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his execution by hanging at the Flossenburg concentration camp…… Continue reading Commemoration & Hope in April

The “Wrong” Kind of Christian

  Last week, one of my students brought to my attention a really interesting article from the Washington Post, titled “Colin Kaepernick vs. Tim Tebow:  A tale of two Christians on their knees.”  [Find it here: Tebow and Kaepernick].  It was written in light of the current practice of NFL players taking a knee during the…… Continue reading The “Wrong” Kind of Christian

We Need a Bigger Boat

  A few days ago, I went searching on The New York Times website because I wanted to see what happened in the no-confidence vote that took place in South Africa against President Jacob Zuma.  [He survived, by a National Assembly vote of 198 to 177].  In pulling up the “World” section, I stumbled across…… Continue reading We Need a Bigger Boat

Thoughts for 2017: Believe; Act; Abide

So, thoughts on 2016?  Not one of our best years, was it?  First and foremost, whatever you think about the Trump election, the election cycle was divisive and ugly, and brought out the most contentious in many of us.  And, we ended up with a president who has said truly despicable things about women, Muslims,…… Continue reading Thoughts for 2017: Believe; Act; Abide