April 22, 2015 |
Msgr. Joseph W. Devlin, 85, a retired professor of religion at La Salle University who worked to improve relations between Catholics and members of other faiths, died Wednesday, April 1, of cardiac arrest at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden. At the time of his death, Msgr. Devlin was a resident of Oaklyn, Camden County. Born in Pennsauken, he graduated from St. Joseph's University and Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. He was ordained in Philadelphia on May 26, 1956.
April 3, 2015
A DUCK walks into an Indiana bar and asks for a drink. The bartender refuses to serve him. The duck says, "It's that damn religious law, right? You have something against poultry, right? You're such a bigot, you know?" And the bartender says, "Me, I'm an atheist. It ain't got nothing to do with religion. You just smell foul. " And the duck says, "See, I told ya!" The above will explain several things, not the least of which is why I was never expected to have a brilliant career in standup comedy.
January 16, 2015
JESUS H. CHRIST on a crutch, what's Pope Francis saying now ? "If my good friend Dr. Gasparri says a curse word against my mother, he can expect a punch," Francis said, making a fake move toward Gasparri, who organizes papal trips. "It's normal. You cannot provoke. You cannot insult the faith of others. You cannot make fun of the faith of others. " Sounding a little like an ayatollah, the pope spoke to reporters en route to the Philippines. While his off-hand remark excused a "punch" (what happened to turn the other cheek?
January 14, 2015 |
IN RESPONSE TO Signe Wilkinson's "Do not expect silence"editorial: The attackers likely didn't want or expect silence. They were more likely after Signe's exact response. I can't think of a more alienating and divisive Us-vs.-Them phrase than, "If a religion doesn't want its prophets ridiculed, they shouldn't do hateful things. " Either that statement is a whole new level of bigotry or I missed the bi-weekly teleconference during which we as a religion decided to shoot up Charlie Hebdo . I understand the impulse.
September 25, 2014 |
Blackwood teenager Samantha Jones grew up reciting the Pledge of Allegiance with the words under God , and she is willing to go to court for the right to keeping saying those words. "This is about our freedom as Americans," Jones said. The people who want to see those words taken out of the pledge would say the same thing. Jones, an 18-year-old Highland Regional High School senior, her parents, and her younger sister and brother learned this week that they have been granted intervenor status in a Superior Court case that contends that reciting the pledge violates the rights of atheists and humanists.
June 16, 2014
ISSUE | HISTORY With cramming, decades can get lost As a former university professor of education, I agree that many students are ignorant of historical facts - but it's not because children don't study history ("Well-informed citizenry must know history," June 6). In fact, students study too much history at any one time and, as a result, don't learn or remember much. It would be better to teach history over several years, with each segment devoted to building an understanding of key ideas, making personal and emotional connections, and concentrating on key facts.
June 7, 2014 |
Since making her full-length album debut in 1993 with Plantation Lullabies , Meshell Ndegeocello has undergone more musical and lyrical changes than Cher has costumes. Gender- and genre-bending, she has ripped through ever-hazier shades of avant-pop and soul in her most recent albums, the salty jazz and decadent rock of 2012's Pour Une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone , and the oddly layered dub/dance-hall pop of 2014's Comet, Come to Me . Does she even recognize the woman and the artist she started out as, considering all her changes?
December 5, 2013 |
Sister Claire Jane Brill, 86, a parochial-school teacher who later served as a hospital chaplain, died Friday, Nov. 29, of lung disease at Lankenau Hospital in Wynnewood. Sister Claire Jane, who also had the religious name Sister Genevieve Mary, graduated from John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls High School in 1944, and worked as a secretary before entering the Sisters of Mercy in September 1946. She professed her vows in 1949. She taught elementary school for several years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and then joined the faculty of West Philadelphia Catholic High School for Girls in 1953, where for 12 years she taught religion and Latin.
November 12, 2013
TO CHRISTINE Flowers: I've just read your piece on the Employment Non-Discrimination Act passed recently by the Senate. And although I agree with the assessment that most liberals try to paint conservatives as uneducated bigots, I cannot follow you as you affirm that offering the right to marriage matters less when it comes to fight discrimination. Changing people's minds to make them accept and not tolerate another often happens when they consider the other to be part of the same group (at least on some level)
November 7, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - An amendment from Sen. Pat Toomey (R., Pa.) would expand the types of religious groups exempted from a proposed ban on workplace discrimination against gays, lesbians, and transgendered people. His plan would also strengthen the language shielding religious employers from the antibias bill, which Toomey supported Monday night, with reservations. As part of the wrangling over Toomey's support for a key procedural vote, he won assurances that he will be able to offer his amendment before the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA)