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Pope Francis Instagram profile

Instaversary

All things Irish will no doubt be the photographic focus on this high holy feast day.  But another’s anniversary could also be celebrated. It’s been one year since Pope Francis’s first post on Instagram.  His simple message coincided with the devotional image that remains as his profile (above):  “Pray for me.”  His profoundly human and […]

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Dust in the wind

At that risk of dating myself, I couldn’t help but to borrow the title from a popular old song.  The “moment” in the song refers to a lifetime, but it works also for this not-yet first week of Lent. The moment of Ash Wednesday is gone.  Christian foreheads are clear, and clerical thumbs have been […]

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BSA and Moral Relativism

About a month ago, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) changed their policy on who would be admitted into their Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs (the official statement can be found here). In a nutshell, BSA now allows youth who self-identify as male to be members of their Cub Scout and Boy Scout programs, regardless […]

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… and everything but the truth.

Well, that’s not exactly how the familiar judicial oath ends (“to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth”).  But it does seem to be characteristic of too many of our interactions nowadays. The question of truth-telling certainly lies at the heart of the discord between our nation’s leaders and the media.  […]

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God and the Opinions of Men at Yale

Last week, Yale University took the extraordinary step of re-naming one of its original residential colleges. Called Calhoun since the 1930s, when the college was named for alumnus John C. Calhoun, one of the great American politicians of the 19th century, it will be known as Hopper after July 1st. Some background here is important: […]

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A new lens for life

Instead of the proverbial “honeymoon” often accorded a prominent leader at the start of his being in the public eye, President Trump and the nation’s media seem rather to be in the eye of a tempest.  The headlines, tweets, and press conferences are already creating quite a storm. What will come of the daily diatribes […]