A new religious theme involving the changing climate — halting in some places, gathering speed elsewhere — is to shift the ecological discussion from its hot-button political and scientific moorings to one based on theological morality and the right thing to do.
Blaise Pascal, a 17th-century philosopher and physicist, wrote of “a God-shaped vacuum in the heart of every man,” but The Star’s Faith Walk writer Tom Magee says we can let too many other things rush in to fill it. He believes this idea can be reflected in the overall growth of Christianity, despite persecution in some areas of the world.
Jesus’ cursing of the fig tree is a metaphor. A hungry Jesus was not just being a jerk to an unfruitful tree, but was giving an example of how far Israel was from producing the virtues that God expects. The story is a warm-up act for his disgust at the money changers in the temple.
The order, issued March 23 by arbitrator Hollis Hanover, stems from a lawsuit filed three years ago alleging that the diocese and Bishop Robert Finn violated parts of a 2008 settlement. The issue that sparked the concerns was the diocese’s failure to immediately report the Rev. Shawn Ratigan after finding disturbing images of young girls on the priest’s laptop computer in late 2010.
The former teacher liked what she heard from Jackson County Judge Bryan Round on Wednesday. He seemed to understand. To grasp why she and about a dozen others attended the hearing to determine if a breach-of-contract ruling ordering the diocese to pay a $1.1 million will stand. It’s for the children.
On a recent Saturday at North Philadelphia, Pa.'s, landmark Episcopal Church of the Advocate, worshipper gathered in a jubilant, crowded service to mark the 40th anniversary of the ordination of women as priests. It is not too fanciful to imagine that the dead were gently jostling the living.
Cuban government restrictions on religion remain severe although they have been eased on several fronts over the past year, according to the U.S. State Department's annual report on freedom of religion around the world.
PHILADELPHIA-Archbishop Charles J. Chaput told a North Dakota audience Thursday that Pope Francis had assured him he will visit Philadelphia for three days next year, and the Vatican seemed to confirm it, but the Archdiocese of Philadelphia insisted Friday that Chaput's remarks were off the cuff and unofficial.
Iraq's prime minister on Sunday condemned the Islamic State extremist group's actions targeting Christians in territory it controls, saying they reveal the threat the jihadists pose to the minority community's "centuries-old heritage."
The project is raising concern in some quarters that the museum could blur the line between educating and evangelizing. Steve Green, president of Hobby Lobby and the son of its founder, has referred to the Bible as “a reliable historical document,” and, as part of the museum project, he is developing a curriculum to “reintroduce this book to this nation.”
Faith Walk writer Sheila Sonnenschein looks at the violence in Israel and the Palestinian territories and sees the God-woven web of humanity being torn. One thread unraveling can impact the rest, but we can preserve the web by having dialogue, seeing the children in the situation and avoid thinking only about our own priorities.
“Even we have this leprosy at home. Many of my advisers who are fighting it with me are giving me reliable data that estimates pedophilia inside the church at a level of 2 percent,” the pope was quoted as saying. But the exclusive interview with 90-year-old journalist Eugenio Scalfari drew an immediate reaction from the Vatican that disputed the accuracy of the pontiff’s quotes.
The evangelical Christian family that owns Hobby Lobby made history two weeks ago when the Supreme Court overturned the Obama administration’s mandate that family-owned companies must provide contraceptive coverage to their employees. Now, the family is looking to build a permanent presence on the Washington landscape by establishing a sprawling museum dedicated to the Bible, just two blocks south of the National Mall.