So many people don’t respond to RSVPs. And if I must invite and then chase invitees down to learn if they’re coming, it’s not worth it. Someone who doesn’t respond to my invitations, unless there’s a good reason, never receives another one from me.
 February 19, 2015 at 11:51am
Here in Houston, a new priest in a parish, after hearing confessions from 4th – 8th graders gave a sermon in which he told parents they need to sit down w/ their kids & have some long talks about sexual sins. It seems nearly every child, boy & girl, confessed solitary sexual sins including watching porn. Some confessed that they were having sex. The parents were outraged but the priest refused to back down. He is now a favourite priest & people from all over Houston go to his parish.
The pamphlet was not appropriate for youngest children but, these days, it may well be appropriate for an 8/9 year old kid.
The priest is pretty close to excommunicating himself. NOTHING heard in confession can be used. By addressing parents after hearing confessions from 4th-8th graders he made a grave mistake.....he will hear about it from the bishop.
Mapache, so the Catholic church cannot adapt to the issues that matter to their parish?
Mapache: The priest is not in trouble for what he said about the kids at his parish school. He made a generalized statement, he did not identify a specific individual. It is his duty to warn parents of things that may be harmful to their kids, now it is up to parents to decide how to handle that info.
haypa, well put. Mapache, when an individual is called out and their sins revealed in public, then you have a case for the Bishop. This is similar to a doctor-client privilege. General statements are acceptable. Honestly, if your kids were doing something that was harmful, (example: engaging in sex) wouldn't you want it brought to your attention in some way? The priest is bound not to reveal what he knows but he can reveal the general points to parents. Then it's the parents place to investigate and to teach the right way to go.
There's dogma (cannot change), doctrine (change but only from the Pope), and what a pastor (head priest) is allowed by the Bishop.
February 18, 2015 at 1:10pm
What is a “faith experience”? With or without the internet, people worship and experience God. If God is only experienced in church or on a religious site, then He’s either not much of a god or those worshiping Him have little faith.
 February 16, 2015 at 7:13pm
We don’t understand what modifying food will do to bees, butterflies, worms, etc. There is evidence that GMO crops, the pesticides & herbicides used to kill the ground cover have caused decimation of bees & monarch butterflies. Such insects pollinate 70% of the food crops we eat.
Also, the proteins created generate new allergens. For example, I’m allergic to apples but can, on rare occasions, eat a granny smith apple if it’s peeled. The proteins from every other apple trigger life-threatening reactions. It would not be safe for me to eat a GMO apple. And because insects cross pollinate apples and don’t ascertain if they’re cross-pollinating GMO & non-GMO apples, once these trees are planted, it will not be safe for me to eat any apple. How does one determine if the new proteins are allergens or if allergens have been introduced to a previously safe food?
There have been no long-term studies on GMO foods. The FDA has simply assumed they’re safe. It’s an extremely dangerous game they’re playing with our food supply.
 February 16, 2015 at 3:40pm
What I find so interesting is that ISIS didn’t ask if the Coptic Christians were Protestants or Catholic or Orthodox. They were followers of Christ and ISIS killed them for that reason. The lack of unity in Christianity hurts us and prevents us from evangelizing a world that is hungry for Christ.
 February 14, 2015 at 4:48pm
One of my favourites too!
 February 14, 2015 at 11:54am
@AMDATME: Choosing the path enriches our lives and the lives of so many around us. Avoiding the path makes death into something to get through as quickly as possible because it doesn’t matter. But each moment matters, each moment is rich with unseen possibility that we can only have by living it. We are not here primarily for our own comfort but to love each other and to allow others to love us. Rev. Hayner turned a horrible disease into just that.
 February 13, 2015 at 2:55pm
Haven’t seen the movie and haven’t read the entire book. I have read enough excerpts to know the “consensual BDSM” involves a female character who thinks like a child, behaves like a child, and is groomed like a child sexual assault victim by an adult man. There are some very black, screamingly evil nuances woven throughout 50 Shades of Grey.
February 12, 2015 at 3:41pm
IT at my last firm watched MMA.
 February 12, 2015 at 3:30pm
Kid’s Hope is another project that matches faith communities with schools, particularly inner city schools. Volunteers mentor & tutor kids & provide for some of their needs. My church in Houston is partnered w/ an elementary school. We haven’t done as much as this program and I’ll pass this along to our coordinator so we can do more.
February 12, 2015 at 11:38am
Many of us already do and are happy to care for more.
February 12, 2015 at 11:35am
People in the armed forces put themselves in harm’s way and we rescue them. Why would we not rescue aid workers?
 February 12, 2015 at 11:21am
What a dishonest poll! Voting “Yes” includes “(and the kids probably knew the players were not from their area).” But “Yes” is a viable answer whether or not the children knew because the teams must abide by the rules. Was it fair that other teams lost to the Chicago little league because parents and coaches cheated?
It’s hard on the children, who may never have known, may not have understood if they did know, and didn’t make the decision to cheat. The adults who cheated owe the kids a huge apology and are, I hope, working to regain the kids’ trust. But we all suffer because of the misdeeds of others and others suffer because of our misdeeds. These kids have experienced that truth. But just as is child’s diligence doesn’t keep a criminal parent out of jail, these kids ought not keep their trophy because they didn’t earn it “fair and square.” They’re kids, not responsible for their parents’ and coaches’ actions, but “fair and square” is a vital lesson to learn. It’s just a shame the kids had to learn it in this painful way.
Sorry, but I would bet money the kids DID know, but perhaps they did not know it was illegal. Either way, it doesn't matter.
They won with an illegal team.
It was the right thing to do to strip them of the title.
February 12, 2015 at 10:57am
Ming, Jesus also says, in the Bible, that He is God of the living. Abraham speaks to Dives. Lazarus rests in Abraham’s bosom & Abraham doesn’t send him to Dives or his brother, not because Lazarus knows nothing but because of the abyss between them & because if the brothers won’t listen to Moses & the prophets, they will not listen to someone who has returned from the dead. Then, of course, there’s Revelation: “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” (Rev 6:9-10)
Something happens between Ecclesiastes 9:5 and Christ’s resurrection.
 February 11, 2015 at 12:44pm
The Hebrew for “man” is “Adamah.”
 February 10, 2015 at 1:53pm
@eutope, how are you defining evidence? Do you honestly believe the only way we can know anything is if it is reducible to scientific measurement? What of all the particles we can’t measure directly but can only infer because of their affect? If we can know something because of its affect, why is it so difficult for you to look at the affects here?
 February 9, 2015 at 3:17pm
There are many excellent history texts available. You might want to read some of them.
 February 9, 2015 at 3:14pm
Actually, the Spanish Inquisition was a post-Crusade action of the Spanish state/monarchy to ensure that all living in Spain were loyal citizens which, at the time, they defined as Catholic. The Church sent Dominicans to ensure that the accused received due process and ordinary criminals often worked to have their cases heard by the Inquisition. Spanish courts were brutal.
You might read Edward Peters’ “Inquistions” and Richard Kieckhefer’s “Repression of Heresy in Medieval Germany.” There are many other excellent and accurate sources.
Additionally, according to Henry Kamen’s “The Spanish Inquisition: A Historical Revision,” those who fled the Inquisition, and many did, were often burned in effigy. Their “deaths” were then recorded along with those who were actually executed. Kamen has only found evidence of a handful of executions per year at the height of the Inquisition.
It’s worth reading actual source documents to learn the truth of the Inquisitions.
February 5, 2015 at 3:38pm
Actually there are papyrus fragments dating back to 1200 BC so a first edition ought to be scrolls.
February 5, 2015 at 3:30pm
The Inquisitions (and there were Protestant inquisitions as well throughout Europe) were essentially political. Dominicans were sent to Spain to mitigate the viciousness of the state. And they did. Criminals chose to transfer their cases to the Inquisitor rather than be tried by the state because the inquisitors were more lenient and humane.
Any one can read translations of the transcripts and the contemporaneous historians. There’s no need to continue to use what Poe and other authors of fiction wrote about the Inquisitions & it’s time we accept the history books we read as children were also fiction. The actual history is available for those who want it.