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Conflicted: My Cuba, My People, My Distrust, My Hope

(Many thanks to María Morera Johnson, who has responded to my request to share her thoughts on our re-established ties to Cuba, with this beautifully honest, and wrenching, guest-post.) A Daughter of Cuba Experiences an Emotional Tug-of-War By María Morera Johnson, "Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer." [Rom. 12:12]When the news that Pope Francis had a hand in talks between the U.S. and Cuba came to light, I received an emoji of “Dead Fidel” on my phone: a beard … [Read more...]

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“My Little Cracker”: a Donald Trump Story

Seriously, I don't pay a lot of attention to Donald Trump. I got my hair cut a few weeks ago, and the stylist asked me what I thought of him, and I said, "I don't, basically." Talk around the salon was all for him, and women were surprised when I said I did not consider him a serious candidate, nor believed that he thought himself one, either; "he's a showman, and he's bored, and he's having fun making mischief", I said, "but he is not a serious presidential contender."I was roundly talked … [Read more...]

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PatheosCatholic Congratulates Father Robert Barron

Pope Francis has named Father Robert Barron to be one of three new auxiliary bishops to Los Angeles, and we here at Patheos Catholic could not be happier for him, and for the honor this does to all of our friends at Word on Fire Ministries. Father Barron's group has embraced new media and helped define it as a tool of infinite evangelical possibilities. The original programming and videos they produce are smart, energetic and just plain beautiful to look at. They are very much this era's answer … [Read more...]

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Trending Stress-Relief Therapy: Adult Coloring Books

Many of you readers have such generous natures that, when you are looking to purchase something from Amazon, you come over here and click on the Strange Gods image, which both takes you to Amazon and benefits me with a small gratuity, for which I am exceedingly grateful. Last month's clicks bought me this super-comfy pair of sandals -- yes, you, my good readers, have finally gotten me out of my crocs!The thing is, I only found the sandals because they showed up on an orders report, and I … [Read more...]

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Weidenfeld: Better, Braver than Those Seeking to Lead/Rule

I don't know about you, but I'm looking at the people who want to "lead" or "rule" us and stride the halls of power, and I am alternately underwhelmed or absolutely repulsed. If our choices land between overly-cautious, robotic professional politicians who haven't the gumption to say a single word with real meaning, less they be held accountable to it (hellloooo, Mrs. Clinton!), or demagogues and scallywags -- and schlemiels so earnest that they can't see they have no chance -- I'm preparing to … [Read more...]

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Cecile Richards: “Hey, yeah, sorry for that ‘tone'”

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards wants you to know a couple things:She's really sorry for the "tone and statement" of a salad-munching abortionist. So gauche. Abortionists are too close to what they do to entertain euphemisms, though. Planned Parenthood's interests are as vapidly vague as a politicians: "we support millions of people, as they build their futures and pursue their goals." She's really mad that some scum outfit "secretly recorded, heavily edited video" (as … [Read more...]

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A Rare Book Generating Real Discussion Between Generations

Don Michel Remery's Tweeting With God is a book I heartily recommended in my recent Summer Reading Recommends post, where I called it, "a great book if you have a long drive before you and curious, bored teens in the back of the car."It is that, but it's also a great book to keep around the family room, for your kids to pick up and read; it's a great book for the nightstand, when you're looking for something entertaining and informative to read, before calling it a night.In short, … [Read more...]

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SUMMER SYMPOSIUM: The Future of Catholicism

Way back in 2010 Patheos spent a summer looking at the Future of Religion and asking people where they thought the churches, and faith itself, was headed. Our collection of Catholic writers and thinkers looked at issues like the rise of the digital faithful, the possibility of married priests, the vocational numbers and what they mean, and much more.It was only five years ago, but upon re-reading some of those pieces, they seem to be from a wholly different era; no one was then predicting … [Read more...]

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Climate Change, Planned Parenthood and Importance of Laudato Si’

It's a now-infamous video: a female doctor contentedly munches on her salad while describing her method of carefully using "grabbers" to insure that, when she is crushing the limbs of a baby in utero, valuable organs like the heart and liver are not shredded, because people will pay good money for those.“We’ve been very good at getting heart, lung, liver, because we know [that they are marketable], so I’m not gonna crush that part, I’m gonna basically crush below, I’m gonna crush above, and I … [Read more...]

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Catholicism’s Future: Love and Mercy, with Scoldings

"It is a fearsome thing, to fall into the hands of the living God." (Hebrews 10:31)Who are people more likely to call a "scold", Pope Francis or Pope Benedict?I don't know the answer to that question. Perhaps someone, somewhere has the energy to study papal speeches and -- possibly by comparing the number of times a pope said "Jesus Christ" to the number of times he said "capitalism" or "the poor" or "sin" or "the environment", or "mercy" -- deduce from those calculations a narrative in … [Read more...]

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