Wayfaring spirit

  Bruce Cockburn undercuts his trademark folksiness with a subtle militant edge. He still sports his signature round-shaped spectacles, the gemstone-encrusted wristband from Peru, among other curios. But these days, Cockburn also flaunts black lace-up boots, cargo pants and a camouflage T-shirt, as well as a pair of gold-studded skull-and-crossbones earrings. By way of his disposition, the iconic singer-songwriter appears as many things to many people: a deep-hearted mystic, a wayward spirit, a Christian rocker, a strident political activist. To right wing evangelicals, he is a “double...
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You Will Do Quite Well

  When the phone call came, I remember the shudder of intuition that went down my arms. Sister Theophane, they told me, one of the strongest, most intelligent, most formative people in my life, the woman because of whom I had finally recovered from polio, had collapsed at one of our small houses in the inner city. The ambulance was on its way, they said. From ten miles out of town, I made it to the house before the paramedics did. “I’m going now, Joan,” she said when I dropped to my knees beside her. A nurse before she entered, a caretaker all her life, I had no doubt that she...
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Church Notes

Church Notes Patriarch warns Christianity is dying in Holy Land The most senior Catholic leader in the Middle East has said the future of the Church in the Holy Land is now in doubt unless fellow Christians around the world step up efforts to help them. Patriarch Fouad Twal said: “It seems that politicians are more afraid of peace than of war and they prefer to manage the conflict rather than solve it.” Speaking to Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), Patriarch Fouad Twal stressed that emigration had drastically reduced the numbers of Christians in both Israel and Palestine....
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The more that Jews learn the truth about today’s Zionism, the more they are rejecting it.

  A tiny minority is speaking out and organizing in response to Israel’s crimes against humanity, such as: the siege of Gaza; aggression against Palestine, Syria and Lebanon; and pressure on the U.S. to launch a contrived, pre-meditated attack on Iran, much like the one against Iraq. For their principled efforts, these Jews are being subjected to hatred, marginalization and bullying by the powerful majority, the Zionist lobby. Yet the voices of these “self-hating Jews,” as the Lobby derisively labels them, can only grow stronger as Zionists of yesteryear are coming to denounce...
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Celibacy: The price priests pay to guard Church’s wealth

  ‘What will I call you?’ asks Kitten, played by Cillian Murphy, in Neil Jordan’s Breakfast on Pluto. Liam Neeson pauses, then replies. “Call me father,” he says. Neeson is Murphy’s parish priest in this offbeat take on ’70s Ireland, inspired by Pat McCabe’s novel – and is the boy’s biological father. Although it is a contemporary fairytale about Kitten’s search for his birth mother, the movie also works as a sweet parable about love between fathers and children and, deep down, as a question about what it means to be a man. This...
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