Highlighting the life, suffering and enduring hope of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave, Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin Holley called for reflection and action to combat modern-day slavery during his homily on the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking on Sunday.
Peace & Justice
At the Intersection: I'm conflicted between the comfort I find in the worship experience and the discomfort I feel knowing how much my politics can differ.
My Table is Spread: It's been a bloody January in France. I suppose most months are bloody there, as here, but not in a way I notice.
The committee hearing questioned the "best way forward" in addressing human trafficking, forced labor and other terms of modern slavery on a global scale.
"We see faith driving us to do right, But we also see faith being twisted and distorted, used as a wedge -- or worse, sometimes used as a weapon."
In her confirmation hearing, Loretta Lynch, the nominee for attorney general, stated mater-of-factly that waterboarding is torture. Some of the senators on the Judiciary Committee holding the hearing disagree with her, but they gave her no argument. They asked where she stood, and she said waterboarding is torture.
"The Fifth Commandment teaches, 'You shall not kill.' That means murder is banned in any circumstances."
As the quest for a jury in the Boston Marathon bombing trial approaches its fourth week, some of the area's 2 million Roman Catholics are growing frustrated with criteria that effectively disqualify followers of church teachings.
The book of Jonah is one of the Hebrew Scriptures' most significant writings. But since many of us don't recognize its literary genre, we miss the theology the author's trying to convey.
The Peace Pulpit: The way to peace is only through love. There are many examples in history of people following Jesus by rejecting violence and following this path.