Bishop Finn, Pastoral Care, and Church Administration

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Bishop Robert W. Finn’s recent conviction for gross mishandling of a child abuse case again underscores why church administration and pastoral care must be kept separate.  Bishop Finn, Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, is the first American Catholic official to be convicted for the attempted cover-up of an accused child abuser.  Spiritual matters should be [Read More...]

Chick fil-A Appreciation Day misses the point – America needs conversation

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Wednesday, August 1, was declared “Chick fil-A Appreciation Day” by former Arkansas governor and one-time Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee.  Gov. Huckabee is asking proponents of traditional marriage to eat at the restaurant chain today.  Dan Cathy, the company’s president and chief operating officer, recently unleashed a fire storm for publicly opposing same-sex unions and [Read More...]

Setup your work space for spiritual wellness

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It doesn’t matter if you have an office, cubicle, or share a common work space.  Nor does it matter if you’re a senior executive, middle manager, or working on the frontlines.  It’s important that your space reflect personal values, sense of self, and contributes to keeping you grounded.  Photos of friends and family are very [Read More...]

Spiritual Wellness for Executives

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Spiritual wellness for senior and mid-level executives is overlooked.  Scholars rarely write about it and business leaders are hesitant to acknowledge the need.  Psychics, astrologers, or tarot card readers are used by many high level professionals.  It’s not something they talk about or admit to, if at all, outside a very close circle. Executives have [Read More...]

Sin, Sex, and the Vatican

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A friend of mine quipped, “why would you go to a nun for advice about sex in the first place.”  It was his dry wit responding to the latest Vatican salvo against American sisters.  Although he recognized the book criticized by the Vatican, Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics is not a how-to-manual, implied [Read More...]

A lesson from the Vatican

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“Then the devil took him up to a very high mountain, and showed him all the kingdoms of the world in their magnificence, and he said to him, ‘All these I shall give to you, if you will prostrate yourself and worship me.’ At this, Jesus said to him, ‘Get away, Satan! It is written: [Read More...]

Gov. Romney’s Liberty University Speech

Presumptive GOP presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney offered the 2012 commencement speech at Liberty University, an evangelical university founded by Rev. Jerry Falwell. Although media focus remains and public discussion continues on same-gender marriage*, there is a larger issue that remains overlooked. Why government is caught in the middle of the marriage [Read More...]

Keeping Two Liturgical Calendars for Pascha (Easter)

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Eastern and Western liturgical calendars differ regarding the celebration of moveable feasts such as Pascha (Easter).  Sunday, April 8th, Easter is celebrated by most Christian denominations.  The Eastern Orthodox Church will celebrate Pascha on April 15th.  It still uses the Julian calendar whereas the civil and liturgical schedule in the West is the Gregorian calendar.  [Read More...]

No More Battles – Let's Try Conversation

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Timothy Cardinal Dolan observed that America is in a “religion battle.”  The Catholic leader is concerned that there is an “unwarranted, unprecedented, radical intrusion” by government into religion.  His Eminence added that secular culture is the source of creating “new rights every day.”  Instead of encouraging another “battle” to fuel the divisive culture wars, what’s [Read More...]

Kirk Cameron on Homosexuality

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Actor and Christian evangelist Kirk Cameron stirred a hornet’s nest when he honestly answered a direct question about homosexuality during an interview.  According to Cameron homosexuality is “unnatural … I think that it’s detrimental, and ultimately destructive to so many of the foundations of civilization.” Although I disagree with Cameron’s theology and interpretation of scripture, [Read More...]


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