Column: Three months into the school year, with testing underway and homework being turned in, be assured that cheating is in full flow.
Dec 20, 2013-Jan 2, 2014
SHAKING HANDS WITH THE DEVIL: THE INTERSECTION OF TERRORISM AND THEOLOGY
By William J. Abraham
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Column: Washington's version of the 1993 movie "Groundhog Day" is again showing in the theater that has become Congress.
Impoverished immigrants facing deportation in New York City can now have court-appointed counsel on their side for the first time in this nation's history.
When Pope Francis announced in April that he would convene a sort of "kitchen cabinet" of the world's cardinals, he gave the group two general objectives: to help him in reforming the Vatican's bureaucracy and to advise him in governing the global church.
While we are still waiting to see exactly where pursuit of the first goal will lead, December's meeting of the Council of Cardinals saw the group embracing the second.
"You can raise [the issue of free speech], but we don't have to listen to it," Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said, according to a court transcript.
We say: If the church faces a marketing failure on issues of sexuality, the failure is in listening to its people, not lousy marketing.
One difference between Pope Francis and his predecessors: He doesn't give speeches. He talks.
At events in late November and early December, the pattern was the same: Meeting with a group, the pope sat among them, gave no prepared remarks, but conversed freely and at length.
Describing the experience of meeting Francis, Honduran Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga said that "to speak with the pope face to face is a spiritual experience."
Amid the scramble to gather new data ahead of next October's synod on the family, a question arises: Will the Vatican take into account outside research?
We say: Reflecting on Mandela, it lifts our spirits to recall that the ideals of freedom and equality cannot be contained behind prison bars.