September 4, 2015 |
IN HIS LETTER Tuesday about the upcoming Holy Year that starts in December, Pope Francis expanded on the general idea that all people who seek forgiveness will be forgiven as an experience of God's mercy. He added that during this special year, also known as a Holy Year of Mercy, all priests will have authority to forgive women who have had abortions. In many parts of the world, only bishops have had the authority to forgive abortion. Francis' letter doesn't represent a change in the church's doctrines.
September 2, 2015 |
WE'RE CALLING BS on the NFL. Yesterday, in response to the release of a trailer for the film "Concussion" starring Will Smith, the league issued the following statement: "We are encouraged by the ongoing focus on the critical issue of player health and safety. We have no higher priority. We all know more about this issue than we did 10 or 20 years ago. As we continue to learn more, we apply those learnings to make our game and players safer. " What a crock. The film stars Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, while doing an autopsy on the brain of Steelers center Mike Webster in 2002.
July 28, 2015 |
Deep in the Pinelands, Albert Horner's SUV brushed against huckleberry bushes and low-hanging tree limbs while bumping along a narrow sandy road toward Jemima Mount - a once-picturesque hillside in Wharton State Forest. On the way, Horner navigated through scarred, battlefieldlike landscape, past massive ruts, water-filled holes, mud wallows, and felled trees. "You feel like it's the Wild West out here - just insanity," said Horner, 69, a longtime Medford Lakes resident and member of the board of trustees of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA)
July 27, 2015 |
On a Thursday afternoon in early May, AlDora Sample was gasping for breath. She called 911 a few minutes past 5 p.m. from her home in Camden. But the paramedic squad stationed in the city was tending to a drug overdose, so the dispatcher summoned a team from three miles away, in Pennsauken. At rush hour, it took the medics more than 12 minutes to get to Sample's tan-sided house on Ware Street. Was that fast enough? Emergency medicine experts say evaluating a paramedic service based on its response times is a tricky proposition at best, depending on the type of emergency, geography, and other factors.
July 1, 2015 |
HERE WE GO again. More video showing a police officer behaving badly. This time it was a SEPTA cop captured on cellphone and surveillance video grabbing an alleged fare evader by the throat while the man held his 18-month-old daughter. The videos caught Officer William Crawford, a 16-year SEPTA police veteran, attempting to pull Ellis Smith, 20, off the train during Thursday's rush hour on the Market-Frankford Line. An internal affairs investigation is underway. We've been here so often we have a script, don't we?
May 21, 2015
AS A LIFETIME resident and a retired Philadelphia Fire Department captain and paramedic instructor, I couldn't be more proud of the professional response of our Fire Department and Police Department under the Command of Deputy Commissioner Jesse Wilson. Many lives were saved and injured aided due to their professionalism. We are truly blessed to have the best public-safety departments. My prayers go out to all the victims and their families. Gary Morgan Philadelphia Congratulations to columnist Christine Flowers for pointing out what should be obvious to most readers: Knee-jerk rush to judgment accusations based on political opportunism are totally inappropriate when discussing the causes of the tragic Amtrak train wreck of May 12. If only there were cooler heads working cooperatively to analyze and take steps to prevent such catastrophes.
May 16, 2015 |
Passengers who survived this week's Amtrak crash may have a rough month ahead of them, psychologically speaking, but most will recover on their own without much help from professionals. "Most people will naturally figure this out and come out of it," said David Yusko, clinical director of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety. Predicting who won't is more challenging, he said. He and Kenneth Reinhard, a New York psychologist who worked for decades at a VA hospital, agreed that educating people about what they are likely to feel - normalizing those painful emotions - would help them accept and process their responses.
May 11, 2015 |
Can you invest to do well financially and do good at the same time? Socially responsible investing dates back more than 2,000 years. Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Islam and Christianity all took a stance against usury - or charging borrowers excessive lending fees - as early as 600 B.C. By the 1700s, the Quaker Philadelphia Yearly Meeting restricted members from engaging in the slave trade, and John Wesley, a founder of Methodism, preached against...
April 3, 2015 |
Trish Henwood, the University of Pennsylvania emergency-room physician who twice went to Liberia to fight Ebola, says global intervention - albeit too late - still saved hundreds of thousands of lives. She also says the frantic reaction here showed U.S. leaders that improving health systems in fragile African nations is in our national security interest. Henwood, who gave Penn's annual Global Distinguished Lecture on Tuesday evening, told a rapt audience that fear too often trumped science and "definitely hampered the response . . . and led to more panic than preparedness.
March 3, 2015 |
The Vatican is asking Catholics around the world how the church can better serve their families, but local response to Rome's questionnaire has been lackluster, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia reports. The Diocese of Camden, meanwhile, has rewritten the survey's dense language - what it calls "Vaticanese" - inspiring lively conversations in its parishes. The emphasis on families comes as the region prepares for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, which will be capped by a visit from Pope Francis.