Monthly Archives: September 2013

Charity and the commonweal

The commonweal is a term we don’t hear very often. It is a short hand way of speaking of the common good, the good that serves the society rather than just one sector of that society. Charities, public and private … Continue reading

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Loving G_d; the real connection of religion with society

Saint Vincent de Paul once said: “We must love G_d, but let it be in the work of our bodies, in the sweat of our brows. For very often many acts of love for G_d, of kindness, of good will, … Continue reading

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Religious groups and restorative justice

It is possible to work for a more just society that sets restorative justice as a goal. Unfortunately, our American justice system tends to punish rather than seek reconciliation. That is not justice; that is retribution or retaliation, which serves … Continue reading

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A Conundrum

Whenever religious people interact with the public sector, especially as advocates for oppressed people who have been affected by society in a negative way, they are often told to “mind your own business”. The conundrum in all this is that … Continue reading

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Justice and the repair of the world

In Brazil, the Guarani, (indigenous), tribe had their camp destroyed by fire. Part of he tribe, led by a female chief, has attempted to re-occupy their ancestral lands, which hare presently located on a sugar plantation. This small community, the … Continue reading

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A New Voice on Religion and Social Issues

“Only false prophets claim to have all the answers” Jorge Mario Bergolio, (Pope Francis I of the Roma Catholic Church) Many people have probably already heard or read of Pope Francis’ interview in which he is quoted on matters such … Continue reading

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Religious Liberty; Is it Guaranteed?

“Guaranteed”, is a great word, but it has its limits. I once bought something that supposedly had a “lifetime guarantee”. The problem was that the company that made the product went out of business. So much for the guarantee. Popular … Continue reading

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