Ramsey County dropped criminal charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis for failing to protect three boys from an abusive priest Wednesday and released documents that disclosed a social connection between that priest and former Archbishop John Nienstedt.
Arvind Khetia, Hindu engineer: Like all negative impulses of the mind, the habit of stealing results from greed, selfishness and discontent. Stealing has a corrosive effect on one's moral character and consequently makes one's spiritual aspirations ineffective.
At 22, Wahabba Husain had never worn a headscarf. As she walked into the classroom at Al-Huda, an all-female Pakistani institute for Islamic studies, on a December afternoon in 2014, she felt a pang of worry.
Rabbi Mark H. Levin, founder, Congregation Beth Torah: The answer is unequivocally "yes." The Torah commands rejoicing on festivals (Deuteronomy 16:11, 14), and Psalm 104:15 teaches that God provides wine for human joy. But there are other sources of happiness as well.
If I were to pick one current economic or social trend I consider the most dangerous, it would be the decline of the newspaper industry. As you probably know, formerly vibrant newspapers across the country have cut their staffs to the nub. Yet they continue hemorrhaging money. Some big-city dailies have closed altogether. Those that remain are wobbly.
I distrust all extremists — right-wing cranks, left-wing wackos, militant atheists and obsessive Christians. I distrust Communists and Ayn Rand disciples equally. I distrust protestors who burn our flag and self-appointed patriots who wrap themselves in it.
The Simpson debacle reinforces two principles at the center of how I understand society: first, true justice doesn’t, cannot exist in our fallen world, and second, we humans, individually and as a species, are profoundly flawed.
Although I plead guilty to regularly dispensing advice in the newspaper and from the pulpit — I’m paid to do it — the truth is that in my real life, which is to say, my unpaid, day-to-day interactions with friends and family, I dispense hardly any advice at all.
Why does time seem to pass so quickly? I mean, literally, where does it go? Is time only linear? When a moment is gone, has it vanished forever? Or do past events in fact continue to live on somewhere?
Humility ought to be a starting point for our social discourse. Sad to say, it has been largely discarded as a public — or, for that matter, a private — virtue. I think about this a lot, especially when I’m listening to preachers or political candidates or various activists rage on TV. I thought of it again recently while reading the “Ethicist” column in the online New York Times Magazine.
Recently I accompanied my son, John, to Sin City. Let me acknowledge that Las Vegas is, I realize, a dream destination for many. My good buddy Gary, for instance, loves loves loves it. Personally, I’d rather have someone pour a kettle of boiling bilge water directly into my eyeballs than go back again.
The Christian ethos is perhaps the simplest in the world. And the hardest to live. Its difficulty might be why so few people, including the great majority of Christians themselves, rarely attempt to follow it.
I was thinking about my mother on Mother’s Day. She wasn’t rich or famous or highly educated or socially prominent or even particularly sociable. Yet she deeply touched others’ lives. She managed this without making a single grand gesture. She did it just by loving people, and by being kind to them, and by going out of her way for them.
When I was a kid, my peripatetic Dad moved our family, it seemed, every six months. What I craved was stability. For me, stability meant a place to call home, a place that would always be there, that I never had to leave unless I wanted to.
I might be a slow learner. I’ve been writing newspaper columns almost 30 years — and I still can’t predict how readers will react. My April 17 column is an example. I tried to explain why evangelicals are so eager to share their faith.
When Merle Haggard died, I did what fans do in such times: I broke out his recordings and relistened. I heard something I hadn’t noticed before: Merle prophesied the rise of Donald Trump and the Tea Party. It’s all in his songs. Through the 1960s and then beyond, he showed us a worsening disenfranchisement among the working class, and more particularly, among blue-collar white men.
The message of Jesus to humanity is great news: No matter who you are, no matter what kind of family you came from, no matter how many addictions you’re battling, no matter what you’ve done wrong, God Almighty loves you.