Trump Transformed Paranoia Politics Into a Genuine Electoral Force

Trump Transformed Paranoia Politics Into a Genuine Electoral Force

The world, according to Donald Trump, is very dark indeed. The American economy has tanked. Mexico has sent a horde of criminals over the border to steal jobs and rape women. The Islamic State, cofounded by Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, is taking over the globe....
U.S. Lawmakers Quick to Spurn Pope After His Plea to Protect Climate

U.S. Lawmakers Quick to Spurn Pope After His Plea to Protect Climate

With his gentle grace, disarming humility, and penchant for saying “God bless America” like he means it, Pope Francis appeared to sweep Washington off its feet. Cheering throngs accompanied his every move. The powerful and powerless alike made a fuss. Take Senator...
Why a 100 Woman Pilgrimage for Immigration Reform Matters

Why a 100 Woman Pilgrimage for Immigration Reform Matters

One hundred women walked 100 miles to welcome Pope Francis to Washington. Their goal? To bring attention to the U.S. immigration crisis — and to touch the hearts of our nation’s leaders. They started their pilgrimage outside the immigration detention facility in York,...
Pope Francis and the Pain of Prisoners

Pope Francis and the Pain of Prisoners

During his historic U.S. visit, Pope Francis made headlines for speaking truth to power at the United Nations and the Capitol. But the “people’s pope” also addressed the powerless. Everywhere he went, he called on Americans to treat our undocumented immigrants better....
The Insult Generator

The Insult Generator

It’s apology season on the campaign trail. After months of botched damage control, Hillary Clinton did what she needed to do when her bureaucratic scandal first erupted. The leading Democratic presidential candidate said she was sorry she didn’t use an official...
Hurricane Francis

Hurricane Francis

Battles are raging over whether local government officials have a religious right to refuse to marry same-sex couples. And the federal government may shut down over a dispute concerning funding for Planned Parenthood’s non-abortion reproductive health services. As if...
Losing Their Grip

Losing Their Grip

Rainbows illuminated the White House, the Empire State Building, and other landmarks after the Supreme Court affirmed the right to marry from sea to shining sea. As most Americans basked in this milestone’s afterglow, conservative leaders stomped their feet,...
Solar-Powered Friars

Solar-Powered Friars

If you visit the Franciscan Friars Conventual of Ellicott City, Maryland, you’ll notice a large solar array standing in one of their fields. The friars have dramatically reduced their electricity bill, but that’s not the primary reason they invested in renewable...
Converting the Fossil-Fuel Fundamentalists

Converting the Fossil-Fuel Fundamentalists

Kicking humanity’s addiction to oil, gas, and coal before those industries render the planet uninhabitable may take a miracle. So it’s a good thing that the climate movement found a patron saint. I’m talking about Pope Francis, of course. Before an upcoming encyclical...
Making Mondays Matter: Is Faith Necessary?

Making Mondays Matter: Is Faith Necessary?

In times of conflict faith has often been used to help guide non-violent social movements. Yet, with religious violence on the rise and a decline in church attendance by younger generations, what is the role of faith locally and globally? Does faith have to be...
David Barton’s Make-Believe Version of American History

David Barton’s Make-Believe Version of American History

David Barton, a self-styled Christian historian who claims to debunk left-wing myths about America, is sure of it: If you studied the Founding Fathers like he has, you would know that “as far as they were concerned, they had already had the entire debate on...
Remembering Charles Colson

Remembering Charles Colson

One of the great villains of Richard Nixon’s villainous administration went to his final reward last month. Charles Colson, Tricky Dick’s master of dirty tricks, died of complications after suffering a brain hemorrhage at the age of 80. For those who...
Grand Old Pedagogy

Grand Old Pedagogy

It seems as though the 2012 Republican presidential primaries began the day before forever. But oh the lessons we’ve learned. We’ve been treated to startlingly original theories about the economy, international affairs, history, biology, theology, and...
Self-Immolations in Tibet

Self-Immolations in Tibet

Western China’s Sichuan province, where most ethnic Tibetans reside, has recently become the epicenter of more than two dozen self-immolations by Buddhist monks, nuns, and lay Tibetans. These protests against the policies of the Communist regime in the region...
The Freedom to Die with Dignity

The Freedom to Die with Dignity

Now that death Is at your door; Hope you planned it Long before. You may have missed it amid all this fuss about Catholics and contraception. The Church’s pushback over routine birth control methods stemmed in large part from an important edict the U.S....