Edward Snowden, Reluctant Refugee, Pens an Open Letter

Edward Snowden

Edward Snowden, the source of the “leaks” which exposed the American government’s surveillance against its own people, is still stuck in Russia.Like Tom Hanks in Steven Spielberg’s 2004 comedy-drama “The Terminal,” Snowden is apparently living in the airport terminal in Moscow.  He is unable to fly to another country because the American government has pressed leaders of other nations into denying him entry, and has revoked his passport.There are those who have gone along with the governm … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ First Encyclical Continues Themes Begun by Pope Benedict

Pope Francis seated

On Friday, July 5, Pope Francis will publish his first encyclical, Lumen Fidei (Light of Faith).Looking forward to that, I can’t help but notice that it lines up perfectly with the themes of the encyclicals published by Pope Benedict XVI during his pontificate.Remember his first?  Benedict surprised the world when he published Deus Caritas Est (On Christian Love—God Is Love) on Christmas Day 2005.  The media was still referring to him as “the Rotweiler” and painting a picture of a ruthles … [Read more...]