Having passed 35 years as an ordained Catholic deacon and having presented over 200 parish missions throughout the country, I have, I believe,  a worthy vision of that church I used to call home. The Roman Catholic Church represents an accurate portrayal of human nature. For the most part, the church is neither better nor…

We are now facing an “in your face”form of terrorism stemming from ISIS in the Middle East. People, the world over, are shocked, alarmed, and questioning what must be done. Some clamor for more violence on our side (military action); others say “do nothing”. These two are the extremes.  Surely, there is a middle course,…

Excommunicated! That word still sends a chill through my Christian spine, especially when I reflect on its applying to myself. It was 2 years ago that a gentleman asked this deacon of 35 years whether the Catholic Church could ordain women. “Yes,” I responded, and he “reported” me to the Archbishop of Miami  who suspended…

Religious Violence

It’s no wonder religion has such a poor brand these days. Nations invade others in the name of regime change; genocide and oppression are common-place; revenge is rampant; be-headings seize the headlines: all these in the of religion! It’s as if we are hell-bent to to serve and defend religion. That’s not our role however.…

Stoke the fires! Man the cannon! Send in the marines! So we have one more violent murderous attack in the name of the God of peace and love. It sounds to me like our young testosterone-filled males have not read their Koran lately and certainly not the Bible. Violence comes not from God but from…

I Can’t Breathe!

As Eric Garner writhed on the sidewalk in Staten Island, New York, in the enforced grasp of 5 NY policemen, he complained 11 times, “I can’t breathe”. Then, he died. One more example of  our broken justice system. Some would say this is a police affair, and has nothing to do with Christianity or spirituality.…

IMMIGRATION

President O’bama has just signed an immigration executive order authorizing about 5 million immigrants to remain in the U.S. for 3 years before going through a process of citizenship.  Many politicians oppose this on the basis of its depriving American citizens of jobs and that the president bypassed Congress with his order. Does Christianity have…

      Call To Action was formed as a Catholic reform group in 1976 by the U.S.Catholic bishops. However, as the reformers began taking their reforms seriously, the support of the bishops vanished. Today, CTA still  functions successfully, and attracts about 2000 folks of all denominations to its annual conference. It seeks to reflect…

Money! Money! Money!

Therapists say the desire for money translates into desire for power. This not to say we should not seek money sufficient to care for self and/or family, but, let’s face it, we are capitalists, and we frequently seek far more  finance than  necessary. Money is our business, and we are skilled at it. Recently, when…

We Belong to Each Other

Shootings!  Beheadings! Political trash! Racism!  Isn’t this all getting “out of hand, beyond tolerance”  I have had the dream of many of us getting together to start a process of educating and supporting each other in tolerance, compassion,  self-help, and  even starting a non-violence movement. Healthy religion could be a great help, but, in the…