Tag: Catholicism

A Perfect Pope for Our Times

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: Millions of Americans have been responding with adoration to Pope Francis on his high-profile visit to this country. The Pope’s knack for blending the pastoral with the political is why I consider him a genius and one of my spiritual teachers, even though I’m not Catholic. “We can all learn from his approach…Have your faith fully engaged but remember dignity to be found among those we disagree with most.” Watch my video for more insight and discussion.     Odyssey Networks tells the......

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A Pope, a Rabbi, Mercy and Rosh Hashanah

I know my headline sounds like an old Borscht Belt routine. My post today is anything but. It’s simply a brief expression of gratitude to a great spiritual teacher for a new policy that not only speeds and eases the annulment process for Catholics, but reminds me of a core teaching in my own tradition about the meaning of mercy – one that’s central to the High Holiday season in which we find ourselves. Pope Francis declared that this “Year of Mercy” would be marked by many efforts to live the teaching......

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A Marriage Equality First in Ireland

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: For the first time in the world, a nation has voted as a people to recognize the right of same-sex couples to marry in their country. While the majority in Ireland identify as Catholic, a majority of voters there are clearly comfortable disagreeing with the church on who should have access to marriage rights under the law. “What’s happening now is not a breaking with faith, but a profound engagement with faith, that has the capacity to allow people to use the traditions......

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