July 20, 2016
Four violent July days have pushed the country deeper into a state of what the French sociologist Émile Durkheim called anomie - turmoil born of a breakdown of societal standards. On July 5, Baton Rouge, La., police fatally shot Alton Sterling after tackling him in a convenience store parking lot where he was selling CDs. On July 6, a St. Anthony, Minn., police officer stopped Philando Castile for a busted taillight and ended up killing him in front of his girlfriend and her daughter.
July 9, 2016
ISSUE | CHURCH Communion questionnaire So Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput gets to decide for the disenfranchised Catholics of Philadelphia what Pope Francis clearly did not say in Amoris Laetitia ? The sheer arrogance and un-Christian attitude of Chaput continue to stun (" Chaput edict scorned, praised ," Thursday). One can only cling to the belief that Jesus never intended Communion be reserved for the few and the chaste. Funny, there were no questions posed about "state of grace" at the Last Supper.
June 2, 2016
Unless you are a pacifist, you accept that evil acts - the destruction of other human lives - can be justified, even necessary, in pursuit of good and urgent ends. But unless you are amoral, you also acknowledge the human capacity for self-delusion and selfishness. People are quite capable of justifying the utterly unjustifiable by draping their immoral actions behind sweeping ethical claims. And if you are a responsible political leader, you must recognize both sides of this moral equation and still not allow yourself to be paralyzed.
May 5, 2016
By James Waller Zalman Gradowski, a Jew from Luna in the district of Grodno, on the border of Lithuania and Poland (present-day Belarus), arrived in Auschwitz on the morning of Dec. 8, 1942. Upon arrival, his mother, wife, two sisters, brother-in-law, and father-in-law were taken immediately to the gas chambers. Gradowski, an able-bodied man, was assigned to the Sonderkommando squad, the prisoners who serviced the crematoria by pulling out the bodies, plundering the corpses, burning the remains, and disposing of the ashes.
May 4, 2016 |
City Council candidate Manny Morales' get-out-the-vote operation in May violated the city's campaign finance law, according to a settlement agreement released Monday. Morales, a controversial candidate whose Facebook page was riddled with homophobic and racist postings, lost narrowly in the Seventh District primary to incumbent Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez. Two political action committees backing Morales - the 7th Ward/Friends of Angel Cruz PAC and Latinos United for Political Empowerment (LUPE)
April 2, 2016 |
Jennifer Haley's The Nether is unsettling theater, not aimed at sending audiences into the night with light hearts. There's not much to feel good about in Haley's play. InterAct Theatre is a Philadelphia treasure, an adventurous and bold company that has delighted and informed in the past. But I'm afraid The Nether , even with artistic director Seth Rozin directing, disappoints. The Internet is the precursor to the Nether, we learn. Characters refer to the "highway" much as we used to talk about dialing into the World Wide Web. But in this dystopian near-future, the Nether is a collection of virtual-reality realms, and some humans are hooked as if it were heroin.
March 26, 2016 |
Paul Farmer, a renowned pioneer of global health care, brought his message about the importance of caring for the world's poor to the University of Pennsylvania this week. Farmer said academic medical centers like Penn can make a huge difference by bringing their model of combining research, training, and hands-on care to places where people lack even basic medical supplies. A Harvard Medical School professor, Farmer has used that approach successfully at the organization he helped found, Partners in Health.
March 12, 2016 |
When Mariana Bracetti Academy senior Edwin Morales was a freshman in high school, he had to watch his little brother come home with the only things he really wanted: medals. Morales finished his freshman year, his first season on a wrestling mat, with no medals and a 17-12 record as he failed to place at the District 12 tournament. "To be honest, seeing my brother bring medals home is what motivated me to do better," Morales said. "After winning my first medal sophomore year at sectionals, I always said to myself, 'I'm going to bring home more medals, and I'm going to win first place.' "Junior year came, and all the medals started rolling in because I committed myself to not only taking medals, but beating kids and working hard.
February 4, 2016 |
With the Public League crown on the line, all eyes were fixated on Isaac Morales as he took the mat on Tuesday for the final match of the night in front of a packed house at Central High School. Northeast led by four points, so Central needed at least a major decision to even force a tie. But Northeast's senior captain, admittedly, wasn't feeling so stone cold. He could feel the pressure mounting on him. "I was nervous," Morales said. "I had never been in a situation like that before, but I kept my composure and pulled through.
November 12, 2015 |
Two years ago, Manayunk designer Paula Hian asked her publicist to send a few dresses to Today anchor Natalie Morales. Immediately, Morales was a fan, wearing her first Hian, a long-sleeve purple-to-blue ombré sheath named Lilou in spring 2014. (Coincidentally, The Inquirer featured the Lilou in its spring fashion issue that year.) And she continued to wear a Hian every few months. But this fall, the 43-year-old anchor started wearing them in earnest. On Sept. 21, she chose a sleeveless navy, pewter, and sky-blue color-block dress named Vivienne.