Reader's Retrospective: After leaving the priesthood to marry, Michael Leach entered "the vineyard of religious publishing," where he has "been able to explore interesting ideas about life with creative people."
March 13-26, 2015
The late Rudolph Bultmann often remarked, "A Gospel is simply a Passion/Resurrection narrative with a dozen or more introductory chapters." That means today's Gospel pericope is the first part of the most important passage in Mark's Gospel. Yet, because of this particular day's ceremonies and time limits, we rarely hear a homily of any suitable length on it. And when we actually think about Jesus' suffering and death, we're frequently reflecting on the 14 Stations of the Cross, not on the four Gospel Passion narratives.
Book review: Author Daniel C. Maguire's Christianity without God would be similar to Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism, where a way of life, not a god, is the focus.
Unexpectedly, emotions overcame Gulsat Aygen. A tenured and full professor of linguistics at Northern Illinois University, she was in the audience in mid-January at a concert honoring Martin Luther King Jr., staged by the Chicago Sinfonietta in the city's Orchestra Hall.
This coming week, we will mark the 35th anniversary of the martyrdom of Archbishop Oscar Romero. His life offers a key to understanding the readings of this last "ordinary" Sunday of Lent. According to those who knew him, Romero was always a faithful priest and bishop, totally dedicated to being a pastor and servant of God. His area of growth in holiness, like ours, was to amplify his perspective, to understand with the heart of God. Before speaking more of him, we turn to today's Scripture.
Column: Humans are hardwired to tell stories and to respond to the stories of others. More and more, I find they inspire my spiritual life.
In a country where the major media refused to report on the unbridled military violence, Archbishop Oscar Romero refused to be censored.
We say: Obama doesn't need fast-track authority, and the citizens in the 12-nation partnership don't need this trade deal.
Faith-based organizations and Catholic leaders and theologians are calling on President Barack Obama and Congress to cease negotiations on the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
Column: It is difficult to see how President Barack Obama can achieve results that will enhance his standing in the polls or before history.