May 5, 2016
By Simone Campbell When the Bernie Sanders campaign announced plans to visit the Vatican, more than one journalist asked me for comment on the oddity of a progressive candidate seeking to associate himself with an institution whose views are antithetical to much of what he espouses. This, I believe, is a fundamental misunderstanding of how the majority of Catholics in America view the role of their faith in their political and civic life. Call it the Pope Francis effect. It is real and, because Catholics are the preeminent swing voters, it will matter a great deal.
April 29, 2016
DEAR ABBY: I am very excited to be proposing soon to the man I want to spend my life with. My family is excited for me - with one exception. My younger sister, whom I want to be my best woman, says she doesn't know if she will be able to participate in our wedding because she's having trouble reconciling that her faith tells her same-sex marriage is a sin. I have explained that it will be a civil ceremony with a judge instead of a religious figure, and she says that this "helps," but that she still doesn't know if she can be part of it. I love my sister, and I know that if she didn't love me in return, she wouldn't be struggling with this; she just wouldn't participate.
April 29, 2016 |
The greatest threat to American security is something most Americans never think of. President Obama touched on it in his speech to the European people on Monday in Germany. I'm not referring to ISIS, although Obama called the terrorist group "the most urgent threat to our nations" in his remarks. I'm talking about a more existential threat to Europe (and America): a diminishing faith in democracy as a political system. On the continent, this is manifested by the widening cracks in the European Union and the rise of radical right-wing parties.
April 23, 2016 |
Responding to fatal shootings in Kensington last weekend that left four dead, included a 4-year-old girl, a faith-based group on Thursday renewed its call for action to curb gun violence in Philadelphia. Heeding God's Call also vowed to fight a businessman's continued effort to start gun sales at a shooting range near 10th and Spring Garden Streets in the city. More than 70 people gathered at McPherson Square to remember the victims, including Tahirah Phillips, the girl who police say was accidentally shot in the head by her father Saturday afternoon.
March 31, 2016 |
More Biggie to come The Notorious B.I.G. (aka Christopher Wallace ) may have died nine years ago, but his music continues to live thanks to the hip-hop star's widow, Faith Evans . The legendary R&B singer this week told Dame Dash 's radio show ( www.dashradio.com ) her long-rumored duet album with Biggie, The King & I, will be released in the fall. "I'm kind of in the finishing stages," said Evans, who has been working closely with B.I.G.'s mom, Voletta Wallace . "The way it's coming together and the way I'm using his vocals, it's just giving his stuff new life.
March 28, 2016
Robert J. Hutchinson is the author of "Searching for Jesus: New Discoveries in the Quest for Jesus of Nazareth - And How They Confirm the Gospel Accounts" (Thomas Nelson) Millions of people will flock to their churches this Sunday and then enjoy Easter egg hunts, elaborate brunches, and family celebrations. The question is: Why? After all, Easter is the celebration of one of the most absurd claims in history: that Jesus of Nazareth was seen alive again after dying on a Roman cross.
March 17, 2016 |
It was a festive afternoon at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Fla. Families rolled out blankets on the lawn beside a man-made lake. Vendors sold hot dogs. Organizers tossed T-shirts from the stage. Then, at nightfall, Donald Trump took the stage - and things turned dark. "On Friday, we went to Chicago," the billionaire presidential candidate told his supporters. They booed the mention of the event that was canceled because of protests. "We had some, I would say they were - let's be nice - " "A-holes!"
March 12, 2016 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. Mark Appel sat at his locker in the Phillies clubhouse with his hood up and a pair of headphones tucked into his ears. The pitching prospect paged through a copy of the Bible the morning before boarding a chartered bus to make his final start in major-league spring training. Appel starts each morning in silence and reflection as he leans on his faith to help him navigate his path - which has not always been smooth - to the majors. "Get my day started the right way," Appel said.
March 9, 2016 |
The first time, Rabbi Sarra Lev thought she'd be afraid. The young man who had asked her to teach him Hebrew before he died was laid out on a table in a funeral home, and she and six others were there to wash his body. "It helped a lot that it was somebody I loved," said Lev, of West Mount Airy. "I thought of it as just taking care of him. It was Randy lying there. " Lev was performing a sacred purification rite of Judaism and other faith traditions, the cleansing of a body shortly after death.
February 24, 2016 |
It's a safe bet the only thing standing between children and their ability to absorb the most challenging art is the adult with a limited imagination. There was no danger of that happening Sunday at the Curtis Institute of Music, where a new production of The Jungle Book emerged from the pen of a group of grown-ups with an enormous sense of regard for their audience. What's more, the 45-minute ballet with a stunning small-ensemble score and crisply told story is an absolute charmer.