Posts Tagged ‘John Paul II’

Open letter to the US Catholic bishops: It’s over Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018
it's over

Dear brothers in Christ, shepherds, fellow pilgrims, We address you as you approach this year’s national meeting in Baltimore because we know there is nowhere left to hide. It’s over. All the manipulations and contortions of the past 33 years, all the attempts to deflect and equivocate — all of it has brought the church, Read more

The unintended and horrible consequences of bad good intentions Comments 0

Monday, October 15th, 2018
bad good intentions

In the early centuries of the church’s life, there were three so-called “mortal” sins: adultery, murder and apostasy. All three were sins against the life and unity of the community. They resulted in excommunication, separation from the community, until a penitential restoration of communion. By the time, many centuries later, when I was learning the Read more

Facing John Paul II’s legacy in sex abuse crisis Comments 0

Monday, October 8th, 2018
John Paul II

After the Vietnam War ended, U.S. military leaders recognized that they could not grasp what went wrong and begin to fix it unless everyone could speak with absolute candor. Every crisis demands the same, including the sex abuse crisis. So, while it is always a mistake to try and figure out what the crazies at Read more

Papal medalist Stephen Hawking honoured by Vatican Comments 0

Monday, March 19th, 2018

A series of tweets from the Vatican express sorrow and prayers for Stephen Hawking who died last week. Hawking was an esteemed member of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences. St John Paul II named Hawking a member of the Academy in 1986. Its members are chosen on the basis of their academic credentials and professional Read more

Thomas Merton on Christian nonviolence Comments 0

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

On 8 December of last year, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Pope Francis released his message for the celebration of the Fiftieth World Day of Peace. It was titled, “Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace.” In addition to this message, Pope Francis used Twitter in the days following its release to Read more

Important facts about the John Paul II assassination attempt Comments 0

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

On May 13, 1981, thirty-six years ago, Pope John Paul II was on the brink of death. I wasn’t alive, but I’ve seen news reports from the time, and it’s horrifying to think what the faithful, and the world where going through. Like I said, I wasn’t born yet, and I’ve discovered some incredible facts Read more