Church and State in Finland

There is a reason we have the First Amendment, which prohibits an established church–freedom. It’s what Finland does not have, as this story illustrates. A pastor was convicted of “criminal discrimination” for refusing to celebrate communion with a female pastor. He was fined 20 days salary. Two members were found guilty for not stopping him.…

Benedict XVI on Hope

On the eve of the season of Advent, Pope Benedict XVI has released his second encyclical: Spe salvi (“Saved by Hope”). The season of Advent is a season of hope, looking for and expecting the coming of Christ–celebrated in the context of anticipation of Christmas, but looking beyond to the second Advent of Christ, as…