Religion

Congratulations, Pope Francis

By on 12.11.13 | 4:49PM

I’m not surprised to see Pope Francis gracing the cover of Time as its “Person of the Year.” I’m thankful that the editorial staff didn’t heed the opinion of one ThinkProgress blogger to elect instead for Miley Cyrus.

The feature itself is evenhanded for Time. It focuses on the Pope’s efforts to turn the Church into a pastoral institution, rather than a doctrinal one. His mission is to “shift the Holy See’s energies away from demanding long-distance homage and toward ministry to and embrace of the poor, the spiritually broken and the lonely.”

Even managing editor Nancy Gibbs gets it. The Pope leads and rules primarily with his tone and personality, as the Church’s sacred teachings are permanent. The Pope’s words are essential for the Church as:

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What Does A Satanic Monument Look Like?

By on 12.9.13 | 2:57PM

I read at Breitbart that the Satan-worshipping group Satanic Temple wants its very own statue outside the Oklahoma Statehouse in Oklahoma City alongside a Ten Commandments monument.

USA Today reports that the Republican legislature invited such insidious activity by authorizing the privately funded Ten Commandments statue on the Capitol grounds. If they were to decline the commission of a Satanic icon, it could constitute an unconstitutional infringement on the First Amendment. 

The ACLU has already filed a lawsuit for the removal of the monument.

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Francis: The Occupy Pope?

By on 11.26.13 | 5:32PM

In an apostolic exhortation issued last Sunday Pope Francis characterized the free enterprise system as a form of “the survival of the fittest, where the powerful feed upon the powerless.”

This is not the first time that Francis, known for his love of the poor, has criticized markets. This apostolic exhortation, however, represents a more official statement of Francis’s personal philosophy.

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The Nation's Pulse

Doggone It! It’s An Attack on Human Exceptionalism

By 11.24.13

Human Exceptionalism, the belief that humans hold a unique status in the order of creation, has been the cornerstone of Western civilization.

This understanding of human life is attested to in Genesis, the first book of the Bible. And, as some rabbis contend, after it, the rest of scripture is merely dicta.

Science divides being into three categories, mineral, vegetable, and animal. At the top of the list in the last category is man. He is described as a rational animal. This makes humans unique and different from the brutes.

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The Public Policy

Wallis Goes on Racism Attack

By 11.19.13

House Speaker John Boehner has announced the House will not go to conference with the U.S. Senate over the latter’s immigration legalization proposal, likely forestalling any immigration legislation this year. It’s not for lack of trying by many religious advocates of immigration “reform,” with special exertions by many evangelical elites. A tent has arisen on Capitol Hill to shelter evangelical immigration prayers for immigration legislation. One prominent Hispanic evangelical has announced he will fast until legalization is approved. And on November 13 President Obama met with a delegation of evangelical officials, plus a Catholic bishop, telling them predictably that Republicans are the problem.

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“Vatican Must Be Clearer on China”

By on 11.16.13 | 10:51AM

Here’s a new one for the new Pope Francis: how will he defend the underground Church in China in the face of the collaborationist, officially tolerated and restricted Catholic Church in that country? Pope Benedict XVI made his position clear. Will Pope Francis and others at the Vatican? Cardinal Joseph Zen, the retired bishop of Hong Kong, expresses serious concern, in this interview with the Catholic News Service. 

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A Further Perspective

Pope Francis: Poster Boy for Gay Marriage

By 11.15.13

Myself and others at The American Spectator have written about the unusual fans that Pope Francis has attracted via his various controversial remarks, particularly those relating to the Church and abortion, contraception, and gay marriage. Those remarks have been greeted by the Church’s detractors like a gift from the heavens. For secular progressives and liberal and fallen-away Catholics, the pope’s comments have been cause for wondrous celebration, ushering in an era of “tolerance” and “change” from Rome.

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Another Perspective

Bones of St. Peter

By 11.14.13

For the conclusion of the Year of Faith, Pope Francis has done something unprecedented—he has decided to place the relics of St. Peter on exposition for public veneration. For the first time in the history of the Catholic Church, the faithful will have the opportunity to pray before the remains of the first pope.

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A Further Perspective

No Pullback, No Retreat

By 11.4.13

Russell Moore, the new political spokesman for the Southern Baptist Convention, has clarified that he’s not urging Christian political withdrawal, as a recent Wall Street Journal profilesurmised (“Evangelical Leader Preaches Pullback From Politics, Culture Wars”), and to which George Neumayr responded in The American Spectator.

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