A&E misses opportunity with Duck Dynasty star

Phil Robertson, star of A&E’s very popular Louisiana based reality show, Duck Dynasty, caused uproar when in an interview the bearded patriarch made disparaging remarks about LGBTQ Americans.  He stood his ground insisting his views were biblically based.  A&E announced it would put the family patriarch on an indefinite suspension from the show. The money [Read More…]

Satan, Exorcisms and Halloween

Happy Halloween, even though some consider its celebration another sneaky, nefarious way Satan attacks jam, Jesus, and Jerusalem. In 2013, exorcisms, the ritual to remove demons possessing the bodies of the living, are still done. The International Association of Catholic Exorcists (IACE) “is an association for the credentialing of Catholic, Anglican, and Orthodox clergy and [Read More…]

Christians supporting LGBTQ children of God

Holy Sophia the Holy Spirit has brought forth another revelation. Today, more Christians are unconditionally embracing God’s LGBTQ children and rethinking the homophobia long misinterpreted in scripture. They are helping to smash the stereotype that Christians don’t support LGBTQ civil and human rights while showing how scripture isn’t anti-gay. It is a revelation inspired, if [Read More…]

Balancing technology with faith and religion

“Just in terms of allocation of time resources, religion is not very efficient,” Bill Gates said. “There’s a lot more I could be doing on a Sunday morning.” The remark may explain, in part, the decline of traditional worship, especially among Christians. At the same time, it encourages a larger discussion about one’s sense of [Read More…]

Memorial Day and Holy Sophia-The Holy Spirit

Holy Sophia-the Holy Spirit witnessed Creation when the Creator brought the cosmos, heavens, the angels, and all the wonders of earth into being.  Some call her, due to this witness, God’s co-Creator.  Sophia is often identified with nature – the sky, mountains, the majesty of forests, and the mystery of oceans.  She is everywhere inviting [Read More…]

Christian ethics: does LA Cardinal Mahony carry Christ’s cross?

Cardinal Roger Mahony might be mistaken regarding a powerful scriptural lesson about bearing one’s cross.  Recently, he blogged about “Carrying a Scandal Biblically,” in context to the child sex abuse scandal the Catholic diocese of Los Angeles is embroiled in. Blameless, innocent people who have been victimized or those who politically, emotionally, or physically hurt [Read More…]

Christian ethics post-hierarchy

Critics of religion, especially those who see it as holding back social progress, believe the Western world is moving toward a post-Christian period. It’s not. The faithful, however, are disillusioned with the foibles of church hierarchy, long implied to consist of God’s specially chosen representatives, likely to be purer and more immune than the sinful [Read More…]

Why not a “Greek” Catholic for Pope?

No one has mentioned his name.  Yet Sviatoslav Shevchuk is papal material.  He is the Ukrainian Greek Catholic (UGC) Primate and Archbishop-Major of Kyiv-Halych and All Rus-Ukraine.  Although the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) has been steadfast in its loyalty since swearing allegiance to Rome centuries ago during the Polish occupation of Western Ukraine, Easter [Read More…]

Spiritual ethics of survival

Self-employment or working for someone isn’t about professional achievement and fulfillment. If you’re a rose-colored eyeglass wearing idealist then, OK, it’s primarily about them. Realistically, it’s about survival. Although most hope for job satisfaction, the reality of life is about food, shelter, and clothes. Love, family, friendship and companionship bring joy, happiness and emotional comfort, [Read More…]

Bishop Finn, Pastoral Care, and Church Administration

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…]