Clergy Abuse Overwhelmed a Pope: It Ought to Be Exposed

The legacy of the church in the life of one man: is this what trust looks like?

By Wendy MurrayI recently watched a Frontline documentary titled "Secrets of the Vatican" highlighting the daunting challenges facing Pope Francis. His predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, resigned from the office a year ago today (Feb. 28, 2013) under a cloud of corruption and the stench of unresolved rampant sex-abuse cases. The documentary highlights the challenge Pope Francis faces in the unspoken mandate to clean up the Church, most notably the shameful sordid legacy of covering up of … [Read more...]

Remembering Mister Rogers and the Light He Left

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By Wendy MurrayFred "Mister" Rogers died on this day 11 years ago. I interviewed Fred "Mister" Rogers in October 1999 for a cover story in Christianity Today (March 2000).  The assignment proved a highlight in my career. And, as time would have it, it was the last major feature article written about Fred Rogers before he died in February 2003, 10 years ago last month. It was also the only feature article to peek into the spiritual side of the Neighborhood, to explore the belief system of … [Read more...]

Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s Lost Love

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         By Wendy MurrayYesterday, February 4, what would have been Dietrich Bonhoeffer's 108 birthday. A Lutheran pastor and theologian, Bonhoeffer was executed by hanging, age 39, in a Nazi concentration camp in 1945. He and small-but-fierce contingent of devoted Protestants actively resisted the Nazi encroachment in both church and state. They founded the Confessing Church movement to mount active resistance t … [Read more...]

God Bless the Addicts ~ Philip Seymour Hoffman and Thoughts on Addiction

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by Wendy MurrayEternal rest (death) and the picture of Philip Seymour Hoffman with a needle in his arm (addiction) paint the picture of the human and divine. The well-loved actor was found dead on Sunday in his home, heroin nearby. His death elicits anguish, not because of the impact he's left through his affecting roles (unmatched) but because of the soul he brought to them. His work took us to other worlds. And yet he seemed to be languishing for something, and as it turns out, he was. He … [Read more...]

Judge in Amanda Knox Verdict : “This Case Consumed Many Lives”

Alessandro Nencini

By Wendy MurrayAlessandro Nencini, the presiding judge in the recent guilty verdict in the case against Amanda Knox, agreed to be interviewed by Italian crime journalist Fiorenza Sarzanini, for Italy's  newspaper, Corriere della Sera. The interview was published two days after Knox was found guilty (along with Raffaele Sollecito) of the 2007  murder of her housemate, Meredith Kercher, and sentenced to 28.6 years in prison. (A third convict, Rudy Guede, is already serving a 16-year prison sen … [Read more...]

Regardless of the Verdict, Amanda Knox Should Pay This Debt

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By Wendy MurrayThe guilty verdict on  the murder charge against Amanda Knox was  rendered on Thursday, Jan 30 in Florence. British college student, Meredith Kercher (Knox's housemate) was brutally raped and murdered in the home they shared on Nov. 1,  2007. Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito, along with a third party, Rudy Guede, were charged. (Guede is already in prison serving his time.) The case has dragged on for six years as the Italian court system, in its methodical way, inches … [Read more...]

Whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s Live Questions & a Few Answers

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By Wendy MurrayYesterday, January 23, American whistle-blower Edward Snowden, answered questions put live to him through the Twitter hashtag #AskSnowden. Snowden is currently living in exile in Russia for leaking secret documents of the NSA (National Security Agency) to major media outlets, revealing details of domestic and global surveillance schemes run by the NSA. Since his disclosures in May of 2013 a firestorm of public debate has ensued, along with intense scrutiny of current policy. … [Read more...]


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