In All Things
A group blog by the editors, columnists and frequent contributors to America.
Mar 12 2014 - 9:52am1 comment
This is the second installment in a series of posts on Pope Francis as we look forward to the first anniversary of his election on March 13. The first entry "Francis: Far More than Show," looks at how Francis is dramatically reshaping the papacy through his 1) his choice of advisers and 2) institutional reform and renewal. In this post I will look at 3) Francis' decisiveness in governing and the...
Mar 11 2014 - 1:13pm0 comments
Pew Research says it can't tease out a discernable Pope “Francis effect” in the behavior of American Catholics, but maybe it needs to look beyond its telephone surveys. Talking to some vocation directors might make a good start. Jesuit vocations officers, for instance, are reporting a surge in vocation inquiries since Pope Francis’ election.
Mar 10 2014 - 12:31pm4 comments
To all the doubters, who asked whether Pope Francis would prove to be all style and no substance, the answer is in. This highly popular, innovative pope means business. For sure, he is the master of both grand and spontaneous gestures. His request for prayers before his first blessing was a grand public gesture; so was his bathing the feet of a Muslim woman. His embrace of the sorely disfigured man in Saint Peter’s Square was a spontaneous expression of love, but even that was so evidently...
Mar 7 2014 - 3:16pm2 comments
Miriam Weeks, the daughter of a doctor in Spokane, now a freshman at Duke University, hopes to “screw her way all the way to graduation.”
Now do I have your attention?
Mar 6 2014 - 11:16am2 comments
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Committee on Migration, joined by bishops on the border, will travel to Nogales, Arizona, March 30-April 1 to tour the U.S.-Mexico border and celebrate Mass on behalf of the close to 6,000 migrants who have died in the U.S. desert since 1998. According to the USCCB, the trip will highlight the human suffering caused by a broken immigration system, an aspect of the national immigration debate which is often ignored.
Mar 6 2014 - 8:33am0 comments
I did a podcast interview with Rev. Amy Ziettlow last May that was just published in HuffPo. In addition to being an ordained minister and a fellow at the Institute for American Values, Amy has a background in classical dance and was interested in the connections I make between music and belief. There's a brief text introduction here and a link to the podcast (30 minutes). They wove in some of the songs from my last album, Beautiful Mess...
Mar 2 2014 - 12:45am0 comments
Mar 1 2014 - 1:11pm0 comments
Christians who remain in Syria's Raqqa province may now be subject to a "dhimmi pact." In classical Islamic law a dhimmi, or “protected person,” is allowed to live in Muslim lands provided he pays the jizya, a residency tax, in a state of submission and abides by other restrictions. Jews and Christians, because they are “people of the Book,” are given the offer to accept dhimmi conditions.