Analysis and Comment

Only hope for institutional Christianity lies in truth Comments 0

Monday, March 18th, 2019
truth

Jesus once said: “If anyone causes one of these little ones to stumble… it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” To be a representative of institutional Christianity after last week is to feel the weight of that Read more

Opening archives won’t settle debate over Pius XII and the Holocaust Comments 0

Monday, March 18th, 2019
Holocaust

Whatever else Pope Francis’s decision Monday to open the archives from the pontificate of Pius XII in 2020 may mean, there’s one preliminary conclusion that seems take-it-to-the-bank, no-doubt-about-it, slam-dunk certain. Here it is: Opening the archives will not – indeed, by definition, cannot – settle the historical controversy about Pius XII and his alleged silence Read more

Handling divine and political barriers: A womanist perspective Comments 0

Monday, March 18th, 2019
woman

I remember sitting in Cannon Chapel (Emory University) and listening to Dr. Tamura Lomax[1] preach a sermon from the perspective of The Canaanite Woman found in the Gospel of Matthew 15: 21-28. We were both matriculating through seminary as MDiv students and I was just in awe of her scholarship and the ease at which Read more

Together Comments 0

Monday, March 18th, 2019
John Murphy together

Brenton Tarrant’s manifesto is unbelievably offensive. It talks about the supremacy of the European people and deporting all non-Europeans. He says he decided to take a stand to ensure a future for ‘my’ people. ‘The White Genocide’ is how he refers to his actions; he labels himself as a part-time kebab removalist. Tarrant says he Read more

No food, only beer: Fast like a 17th-century monk Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Lent beer

Lent kick off last week, launching a season of penance and spiritual reflection during which time Catholics the world over immerse themselves in a 40-day period of abstinence and fasting. In our time, some of the most popular luxuries to give up include social media, sweets, electronic devices, and caffeine. Some of the more die-hard Read more

What next after Barbarin’s resignation? Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2019
barbarin

Should we be happy with the conviction of Cardinal Barbarin? Several journalists have asked me. As the author of a book on the Preynat scandal (Histoire d’une silence) who was seeking to understand how the Church managed to remain silent and in denial so long, the answer is undoubtedly, yes. The reason is because the Read more

How one migrant family got caught between smugglers, the cartel and Trump Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2019
smugglers, cartel, trump

Carlos had been thinking about migrating to the U.S. since he was a kid. In San Francisco de la Paz, a valley outpost ringed by lush hills in the lawless “Wild East” of Honduras, about the only business that’s booming is home construction — fueled by American dollars sent home each month from migrants living Read more

The good, the bad and the merciful: Pope Francis after six years Comments 0

Thursday, March 14th, 2019
Francis

Six years ago, on March 13, the College of Cardinals surprised the world with the election of the Argentine Jesuit Jorge Bergoglio as pope. Taking the name Francis, he won the admiration and respect of Catholics and non-Catholics alike with his simplicity and concern for the poor and marginalized. With each passing year, however, criticism Read more

Mercy Ship volunteering – tears, laughs and ‘blimming’ hard work Comments 0

Monday, March 11th, 2019

Most graduates begin searching for a job. However, armed with her brand new Master of Sports Physiotherapy from the University of Queensland, Emma Lattey (pictured left) joined Mercy Ship and headed to Guinea, West Africa! Two years ago Lattey told colleagues and clients she was leaving the practice, in persuit of further study. Her move Read more

Lent, a time for a little less hypocrisy Comments 0

Monday, March 11th, 2019
Lent hypocracy Pope Francis

Lent is a time to ask for God’s grace to chip away at hypocrisy, which is seen in the natural human attempt to appear “worthier than we are,” Pope Francis said. “I must appear to be what I am, and that is our work in Lent,” the pope said March 8 during his early morning Read more