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Lessons from the largest parish in the United States Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
St Matthew's Charlotte

“Pat!” Msgr. John McSweeney calls down the hall. Two heads poke out of two offices, and two replies of “Yes?” come back to him. “This is nothing,” the correct Pat says as she walks me down the hall. “We had eight Pats in the office at one point, and two of them were priests.” A Read more

The death of reading is threatening the soul Comments 0

Thursday, July 27th, 2017
death of reading

I am going through a personal crisis. I used to love reading. I am writing this blog in my office, surrounded by 27 tall bookcases laden with 5,000 books. Over the years I have read them, marked them up, and recorded the annotations in a computer database for potential references in my writing. To a Read more

Why does U2 irk so many people? Their struggle for pop hits and social justice Comments 0

Monday, July 24th, 2017
U2

“They only want you to be the one thing,” Mick Jagger once told the novelist William Gibson. He was referring to his own acting career. It is odd to imagine a celebrity icon millionaire presumably so close to the heart of rock and roll speaking so wistfully of thwarted ambition, as if he once had Read more

Simple technology helps prevent refugee sex trafficking Comments 0

Monday, July 24th, 2017
Refugee protection

When Syrian refugees leave their camps, they pack three items: food, water, and light. The first two generally come in the form of packages from the United Nation’s World Food Program or other nonprofit organizations. The latter, however, traditionally came in the form of kerosene lamps, which are less than ideal. In fact, they’re often Read more

Climate revolutionaries of East Africa Comments 0

Thursday, July 20th, 2017

For a long time polar bears were the poster child of climate change but that is no longer the case. Now it is an image of our fellow human beings, millions of them, battling on the frontlines for survival. While  the west debate the merits of climate science, in large parts of Africa, Asia and Read more

100 companies produce most greenhouse gas emissions Comments 0

Thursday, July 20th, 2017
greenhouse gas

About 100 companies have been responsible for about 71% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. That’s according to a new report from climate change non-profit CDP in conjunction with the Climate Accountability Institute. The report hopes to highlight the role such companies, and their investors, play in Climate Change. These companies, led by Saudi Aramco, Russian gas Read more

Hindu to Atheist to Agnostic to Anglican to Catholic to priest Comments 0

Monday, July 17th, 2017
Hindu, Atheist, Agnostic, Anglican, Catholic, priest

A remarkable journey will reach a new stage on 15 July when Br Robert Krishna OP will be ordained a priest by Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP at St Benedict’s, Broadway. Br Robert’s journey began in Bangalore, India. Originally a Hindu, he became an atheist at the age of 10, and in his late teens considered Read more

When is a religion extremist? Comments 0

Monday, July 17th, 2017

In April, Russia’s Supreme Court labeled Jehovah’s Witnesses an extremist religious group. “It effectively means that holding their beliefs and manifesting them is tantamount to a criminal act in Russia. They risk new levels of persecution by the Russian authorities,” said international legal counsel, Lorcan Price. In America, most of us think of Jehovah’s Witnesses Read more

What does it mean to be a green Catholic Comments 0

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

The Catholic Church has a rich history of being environment conscious. Blessed Pope Paul VI wrote Octogesima Adveniens, a 1971 apostolic letter that warned against the consequences of unchecked human actions. “Due to an ill-considered exploitation of nature, humanity runs the risk of destroying it and becoming in turn a victim of this degradation,” he wrote. In Read more

Attending church is good for your health Comments 0

Thursday, July 13th, 2017

The latest in a long line of studies, now numbering in the hundreds, if not thousands, shows that church attendance is good for your health. Published in May by researchers from Vanderbilt University, the study found that middle-aged adults who attended religious services at least once in the past year were half as likely to die prematurely Read more