Humanity in Review – 2015

2015 as a collective whole, was one of the most important years in the history of our species.

In Too Many Ways, America’s Poorest Communities Are Just Like Prison

Prison reform may be more appealing to critics when the narrative changes to crime prevention. What if we change the discussion from one of values and “the right thing to do” to one of fiscal and public safety concerns for all the residents of U.S. cities and towns?

A New Vatican Document Suggests the Church Really is Softening it’s Tone on LGBT Issues

The document covers a number of other issues, but it’s clearly meant to send a signal to the hierarchy that the pope has a new program in mind.

A Poor Man’s Pope, A Rich Man’s Mayor

Doug Zeigler explores the very different messages of Pope Francis and New York City Mayor Bloomberg about the poor.

Pope Francis and the Beautiful Iconoclasm of Washing the Wrong Feet

Mainline churches would do some good by paying attention to the tables the Pope is overturning.

Pope Francis, Tom Cruise, and the Power of Belief

If Tom Cruise were to ascend to the position of Chairman of Religious Technology for the Church of Scientology, his coronation would be met with little besides smarmy jokes from chat-show hosts.

BREAKING NEWS: A New Pope Has Been Selected

Cardinal Bergoglio has chosen the name “Francesco I,” or Francis I.

Why Are Priests Really Celibate? (And Will It Change with a New Pope?)

Catholic priests weren’t always celibate, and some believe the matter is not a closed issue.

A Brief Note to You, Our Children, On Being Naked on the Internet

Okay boys and girls, here’s why the opinions of your parents, teachers and preachers don’t really matter on this particular issue.

BREAKING: Pope Benedict to Resign February 28

Benedict XVI will be the first pope in centuries to step down from the Throne of Peter.

Your Marriage Isn’t Typical

Sadly, our most common criticisms of marriage reveal much more about the critics than the state of contemporary romance.

Pope Attacks LGBT Equality in Christmas Speech

When someone like Pope Benedict scorns the very basis for the conversation about LGBT equality (and during an address that is meant to focus on Christmas), I have little hope that we’re making significant progress in the effort to heal.

Original Sexual Abuse Whistle Blower on Catholic Church Goes Public

“The more I talked about the abuse, the less power it had to own me,’’ he said.

Giving it up for Lent

Chick flicks and green veggies…   After seeing the title of this blog post, you may be thinking to yourself, “This could very well be crude and crass.”  You may be right.  I’m not really sure which direction this post is heading in.  I’m guzzlin’ some Dew and letting the fingers go where they go.  […]

The News—Pope Benedict Goes On a Trip, Boeing Welcomes Space Tourists, and the Tea Party After-Party Rages On

Good morning, gentlemen. Here’s what’s good feeding on this fine Thursday morn. Pope Benedict visits UK, reprimands molesting priests Pope Benedict kicked off his controversial four-day tour of the UK with a state visit with Queen Elizabeth this morning… and it’s a pretty big deal. This is the first pontifical visit to Britain in nearly […]