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After False Alarm of an Imminent Ballistic Missile Attack on Hawaii: Fire someone –or get fired up about nuclear disarmament?

“If You Love This Planet brings to life Hiroshima survivor Setsuko Thurlow’s passionate call to action, on the day that the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was adopted at the United Nations – 7 July 2017.”  http://www.icanw.org/campaign-news/short-film-if-you-love-this-planet/ The

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Guest Post: Saying YES, just as Mary did.

Genesis 3:9-15, 20    Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12   Luke 1:26-38 A shoeshine boy was plying his trade outside Grand Central Station in New York City.  A silver medal danced at his neck as he slapped his shine cloth, again and again, across

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Immaculate Conception: How can this be?

 A sinless Virgin Mary? No matter how many times I hear it, on this Feast of the Immaculate Conception, my rational mind struggles once again to come to terms with a belief that was widely held, but only became official

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Guest Post: The Beatitudes, weed killers, opioids, and nuclear brinkmanship.

If you ask my kids what does dad read, you’re guaranteed to get a big eye roll and a groan as they heave out that “Dad only reads stuff about God, and oh yeah, Jeeesus!” But truth be told I

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Catholic Bishops Conference of India Council for Women

Source: Catholic Bishops Conference of India Council for Women

Posted in I BLOG, Politics and Religion, Uncategorized, US Bishops

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

Posted in I BLOG, Politics and Religion, US Bishops

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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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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