Monthly Archives: March 2013

Battered Jesus: Violence doesn’t redeem, it betrays

The Passion of the Christ, the violent movie about the last days of Jesus by filmmaker Mel Gibson, is now a Holy Week “classic.” It plays over and over on cable.  Day after day, and night after night, Jesus can be viewed … Continue reading

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Jesus laughed ’till he cried: Why comedy is the conscience of news

American politics and economics are so horrible today, we can only bear to face this reality if we can laugh. Otherwise, we would be screaming all the time. Comedy enables us to break through the spin to find the funny, … Continue reading

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“Suffer the little children”: Jesus denounces child hunger in America

“Jesus said, ‘Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.’” (Matthew 19:14) A new documentary, American Winter, is a powerful indictment of the real suffering caused for children and … Continue reading

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Sister Simone Campbell and Holy Spirit Make Mischief for New Pope

This is, of course, the perfect way to #OccupythePapacy, courtesy of Sister Simone Campbell and Rachel Maddow.  Sister Simone’s idea, presented below, is that “the Holy Spirit is alive and well and making mischief” in the Catholic Church. For example, … Continue reading

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Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite on Pope Francis: Stopping Child Sexual Abuse is Job One

Rev. Dr. Susan Thistlethwaite and Retired Bishop John Shelby Spong join Current TV’s John Fugelsang to react to news that Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio of Argentina has been elected to the papacy. Bergoglio has accepted the role as leader of … Continue reading

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Paul Ryan’s “Rapture” budget: Everybody but the rich is “Left Behind”

On Tuesday, Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.), the Chairman of the House Budget Committee, released another GOP budget-deficit plan.  The “budget” is the fiscal equivalent of the Christian Right’s version of the “Rapture,” where the “saved” get directly transported to heaven and … Continue reading

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The demonic in our time: The number of U.S. hate groups continues to rise

Are we at risk for another domestic terrorist attack, like the 1995 bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City? According to a new report by The Southern Poverty Law Center,  there are disturbing parallels today between furious rise … Continue reading

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Seeing it: Jesus separates sheep from goats in new viral video on economy

“When did we see you, Lord?”  (Matthew 25:31-46) Right here. Right now. “Wealth in America,” is a six-minute video that has gone viral.   Americans are finally beginning to “see” inequality and judge it as wrong. This video, using vivid graphics, shows … Continue reading

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Got austerity? Jesus “knew their hypocrisy”

Jesus knew very well that “questions” from the elites about paying taxes can be hypocrisy. (Mark 12:15) We have 21st c. hypocrisy too. The “sequester,” the $85 billion dollar cuts that kick in today, did not happen because of questions about ‘how … Continue reading

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