Pat Perriello, a retired educator from the Baltimore City Public Schools, served as the coordinator of Guidance and Counseling Services and an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University. He is a former seminarian from St. Mary's Seminary in Baltimore. Pat has long been interested in religion and politics and is currently concerned about the direction of the institutional church as well as the state of politics in the country.

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The church has picked up too much baggage over the centuries

NCR Today: Power and wealth became driving forces that caused the church to lose focus on the message of Jesus. As we celebrate his resurrection, we need to return to the Gospels.


What will this country be like after four more years of President Trump?

No one from the past who came back to see this country in 2024 would recognize our stance on the world stage.


To impeach or not impeach

One could argue there is strong evidence to begin impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump. But the question has to be asked: To what end? What would be accomplished?


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