Cornyn on Armenian Genocide

Here’s the response I got from Senator John Cornyn on the matter of the House resolution recognizing the Armenian Genocide: As you know, this tragedy resulted in overwhelming loss of life and mass displacement and remains a source of pain in the lives of the people of Armenia and Turkey today. It is my hope…

Martyrdom?

Arizona Daily Star reports on the sentencing of two Catholic priests who trespassed on the grounds of Ft. Huachuca, headquarters of the Army’s Military Intelligence branch. A federal judge in Tucson sentenced the priests — the Rev. Louis J. Vitale, 74, and the Rev. Steve Kelly, 58 — [to five months in prison] Wednesday after…

Tolerance…?

The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom wants to close an Islamic school in Washington, D.C., because it doesn’t like the religious views being promulgated. But the commission members didn’t base their findings on conversations with the faculty and staff of the school, or investigation of its curriculum–but on a visit to Saudi Arabia. The…

Jonathan Edwards on Jesus’ Temptation as Pretense

Abstract of an article on Jonathan Edwards’ belief in the “impeccability” of Jesus–the idea that he could not sin, that his temptations were a pretense. Problem is he starts from a belief in a certain kind of predestination, and abstract understandings of the relationship between members of the Trinity from eternity, and not with the…

Like, Communication, You Know?

Are we “the most aggressively inarticulate generation to come along since … you know, a long, long, time ago?” Video of comic/poet Taylor Mali, via Pyro. Text of his poem, Totally Like Whatever, You Know? See also, What Teachers Make.

Fallout in San Francisco

More reaction in San Francisco to Archbishop Niederauer’s communion of two “Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence”–this time from the supporters of homosexuality. After negative reaction, Niederauer apologized. Folks at Commonweal blog are upset at the apology. The “Sisters” respond. A priest/theologian at University of San Francisco defends them, saying, “Over-accessorizing and poor taste in makeup is…