A small c catholic: For some decades now, we Protestants have been doing a stupid, destructive thing: We don't always have the body present at a funeral.
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A small c catholic: Capital punishment is a barbarous approach to criminal justice that contemptuously rejects the most important teachings of the world's great religions.
A small c catholic: When I recently read Jesuit Fr. Thomas Reese's NCR piece about firing bishops, my memory took me back to the mid-1980s.
A small c catholic: The Shroud of Turin, which Pope Francis plans to visit and venerate in June, has intrigued me for decades.
A small c catholic: Sometimes the best gift we can give is our presence. But it seems to be said more than it's done.
A small c catholic: When marriages have broken down irretrievably, what's needed is not words of harsh judgment and punishment, but words of love and acts of compassion.
A small c catholic: I'm all for better interfaith and ecumenical relations, though it's hard to maintain optimism in times such as these. But I'm not giving up hope.
A small c catholic: The NFL -- as well as certain other sports -- encourages our baser instincts, and does it for profit.
A small c catholic: It's necessary for blacks and whites to understand one another when it comes to bigotry, economic injustice, and what gets called "white privilege."
A small c catholic: Ever since 9/11, Americans have been blitzed with anti-Islam messages, some vicious, some subtle, but all seeking to discredit the faith.