Column: I have learned the hard way not to put my faith in church leaders. They are not the most important people in the church to me.
Column: Timothy Shriver, who has directed the Special Olympics for the past 10 years, had a participatory childhood, triply so.
Among the perks I relished in the nearly three decades of writing columns, editorials, and stories for The Washington Post was having Ben Bradlee as the paper's executive editor. He came to the Post in 1965, three years before I did, and retired in 1991. In that 26-year span, Bradlee transformed the paper into a potent force for truth-digging and truth-telling.
Column: This year, more than most, the issues that seemed to be shaping the debate have come and gone like the wind.
Column: The free speech I've cherished most in the pages of NCR throughout its 50-year history has been the letters to the editor.
Column: I'm not impressed with the progressive Catholics who seem to be reading a revolution in every little baby step. Clearly we are not there yet.
Column: While control of the Senate in this year's midterms is up for grabs, no one doubts that the Republicans will continue to control the House.
Column: I am surprised and shocked when Christians defend corporal punishment. It seems to me that followers of the Prince of Peace should be practicing peace.
Column: Slightly painful as it is to confess, I admire Pat Buchanan. He has the persistence of taking and giving uppercuts and rising after knockdowns.
I'm showing up. As a baby boomer from the United States. As a person of faith.
I am going to the People's Climate March on Sept. 21 in New York.
The security of our home, planet Earth, is threatened. That's why I'm going. It is not the terrorists, the immigrants, or people who are poor that is causing this threat to Earth's viability. It's the continued excessive emissions of greenhouse gases created by those of us who live in highly industrialized, corporatized and technology-rich countries.