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Gun control is a pro-life issue. Will the bishops lead? Will legislators listen?

Civil rights leader, Rep. John Lewis on the need for the courage to enact gun control; on kneeling to advance justice “perhaps in Statuary Hall, perhaps in the Rotunda, perhaps on the steps of the Capitol;” on gerrymandering and politicians

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The Star Spangled Banner

In 1814, Francis Scott Key wrote “Defense of Fort McHenry.” The poem was later retitled The Star Spangled Banner. Congress proclaimed The Star Spangled Banner the U.S. National Anthem in 1931. Consider the words. All the words. And the stark

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Lt. Gen. Silveria’s tutorial in leadership: Will Catholic bishops offer “a better idea” too?

Watching this general tell Air Force cadets what is acceptable behavior and what is not, it is hard to fathom why the leadership of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops cannot seem to summon the courage to speak with

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Guest Post: What Jesus says about a living wage.

 “The kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out at dawn to hire laborers for his vineyard….When those who had started about five o’clock came, each received the usual daily wage. So when the first came, they thought

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The Word under Threat in the World: The Murder of Gauri Lankesh

Originally posted on S. Shankar:
Journalist Gauri Lankesh has been shot dead in India. The simple fact of the matter is that no democracy thrives by stamping out speech that challenges power. I am not a free speech fundamentalist (I…

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Bearing witness: A Jewish scholar explains the BDS movement to hold Israel accountable

Think Tech Hawaii recently ran this interview with a disclaimer warning viewers that they should seek out the other side of this issue by watching another show they offered about anti-Semitism on campus 2017. This interview is posted here, with

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Dr. Parker: The Christian Case for Reproductive Justice

Against the surreal backdrop of elected officials trying to take healthcare away from those who need it the most, Honolulu residents who attended a recent talk and book-signing hosted by Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii were glad to hear

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San Jose Bishop Counters Paprocki’s Decree Against Married Lesbian/Gay Couples

Originally posted on Bondings 2.0:
A California bishop has written a letter instructing clergy and religious in the diocese to be compassionate and inclusive when it comes to pastoral care. a direct repudiation of last month’s alienating directives from an Illinois…

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QUOTE TO NOTE: Stop Church Teachings that Kill, Says Sr. Margaret Farley

Originally posted on Bondings 2.0:
Mercy Sr. Margaret Farley, the theological ethicist who wrote Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics, said the church has “not gone far enough” on gender equality because “we still hear the cries of women, through…

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