Honduras…again Phil Little

It happened that three world leaders traveling together were in an accident and all died. Juan Orlando Hernández, dictator of Honduras, Obama of the USA and Tony Blair from the U.K.  Not surprisingly to anyone other than themselves they realized they were in hell.  Accustomed to having things their way they demanded the right to make a phone call.  The devil, always wanting to accommodate those who had served him so well on earth granted their requests but not without cost.  First Obama made his call to his legal team at the White House and was disappointed with their advice. On finishing the devil...
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Teresa Forcades, the revolutionary Catalan feminist theologian, says: “We are all different!”

That women of all times have left an unmistakable and indelible mark on history beyond recognition in their returns, is beyond any doubt, and today, increasingly, the feminine is emerging in the international cultural scene. It’s the case for Teresa Forcades, a feminist theologian among the most original and trendy of the Catholic world in talking about burning issues such as the role of women, divorce, abortion, and homosexuality which she addresses from a theological point of view. A Benedictine nun from Catalonia, she has been out of the cloister for a year, with Vatican dispensation, to also...
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The shameful harassment of Nadia Shoufani and the impotence of Catholic institutions

There is no doubt in my mind that the spurious and desperate harassment of Catholic teacher Nadia Shoufani  will be laughed out of any court. The process will exonerate her. The nuisance suit brought about to send a chill through the teaching community will be seen for what it is, a futile attempt to abrogate a citizen’s right to speak freely. Especially about the apartheid policies of Israel. My understanding of theology  leads me to believe that huge organizations often are in bondage to what St.Paul calls, “the powers and principalities.” The brilliant Anglican lay theologian Bill Stringfellow 40...
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Sam Keen and Tom Groome ; Almost 40 years and still powerful influence

I have recently and am still in the process of revisiting two authors, one Sam Keen, whom I know only through his writings, the other Tom Groome, my graduate studies thesis director, mentor and dear friend whom I don’t think has ever forgiven me for not pursuing doctoral studies. The two of them have influenced and continue to challenge my understanding of doing theology and religious education. I have continued and continue doctoral studies in both these areas just not in the strictest academic sense. The catalyst to revisit Keen and Groome was a short article by John Shea OSA, posted on the website...
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Homily to Catalonia: the nun entering Spain’s regional politics Sister Teresa Forcades hopes to change a ‘sick society’ by leading a leftwing movement that could bring together parties as diverse as Podemos and the Catalan republican left

Whether she’s advocating an audit of the national debt, lamenting the deterioration of Spain’s public health services or urging the creation of a public bank, the Benedictine nun Teresa Forcades rarely minces her words. Now the Catalan sister, buoyed by recent municipal elections that saw the housing activist Ada Colau voted in as Barcelona’s first female mayor, wants to hang up her habit in hopes of leading a leftist coalition that could bring the same sort of change to the region. “I think we are in a very particular moment,” said Forcades, pointing to the Catalan regional elections, slated for 27...
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As Archbishop Hunthausen Turns 95, Remembering Him as a Precursor to Pope Francis…One of the greats…

one of the great ones jq As Archbishop Hunthausen Turns 95, Remembering Him as a Precursor to Pope Francis Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen turned 95 in August, and he was hailed by writers for the National Catholic Reporter and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer as a forerunner of the activist, pastoral, and socially-conscious style of church leadership that has been championed by Pope Francis.  Not least among Hunthausen’s qualities that are similar to the pontiff was his readiness to offer words of welcome to LGBT people. Archbishop Raymond Hunthausen Hunthausen retired as archbishop of Seattle in 199o,...
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