Unlimited arm-swinging is not a credible religious doctrine

Here is an ugly story from New Jersey, via David Badash, “‘For Going Against God’s Will’ Catholic Hospital Denies Gay Man HIV Meds“: “Joao Simoes sued Trinitas Regional Medical Center in Union County Superior Court,” the Courthouse News Service reports. “He says that the hospital admitted him in August 2011, but that requests for his [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

2 Kings 22:11-20 When the king heard the words of the book of the law, he tore his clothes. Then the king commanded the priest Hilkiah, Ahikam son of Shaphan, Achbor son of Micaiah, Shaphan the secretary, and the king’s servant Asaiah, saying, “Go, inquire of the Lord for me, for the people, and for [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Kathy Escobar: “Power is not like pie“ It’s all about power. Patriarchy in the church, in the world, isn’t just about male-centered leadership in our church system. It’s about who’s got the power because in our human-brains-who-are-bent-on-making-it-all-make-sense, it must be clear. And making it clear means that we have to make it finite. We think [Read More…]

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The Pennsylvania constitution is not constitutional

I did not know this about my state of Pennsylvania. Constitution of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Article 1: Declaration of Rights Religion, Section 4. No person who acknowledges the being of a God and a future state of rewards and punishments shall, on account of his religious sentiments, be disqualified to hold any office or [Read More…]

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The American Game of Thrones

The other day I mentioned the “thrones” of the U.S. Catholic bishops. That was not a figure of speech. They have cathedra — big fancy chairs that serve as the thrones of bishops. What are these thrones for? Well, they’re only symbols, some might say. But all thrones are only symbols. They are symbols that [Read More…]

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Johan!

Mets fans waited 50 years and more than 8,000 games to see this: Johan Santana pitches Mets’ first no-hitter: Santana threw the first no-hitter in franchise history Friday, pitching the Mets to an 8-0 win over the Cardinals before a crowd of 27,069. It just took 8,020 games to do it, but the Mets finally [Read More…]

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Happy 82nd birthday Clint Eastwood

“The next one won’t happen until December 10, 2117, so I’m guessing this will be the last time you’ll be able to see it.” “Pastor Mack Wolford, the son of a snake-handling pastor who died from a rattler bite, lived by faith and died on Sunday, like his father before him, from a serpent bite.” [Read More…]

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More on More and religious liberty

Here’s Sarah Posner on the unintentionally revealing invocation of St. Thomas More as the U.S. bishops’ symbol of “religious liberty”: Invoking More as a symbol of religious freedom is highly problematic, for some of the Bishops’ evangelical allies, but especially for how citizens understand our democracy. More, politician, philosopher, counselor to King Henry VIII and [Read More…]

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