Category Archives: The world

Joy of the Gospel run contrary to idolatry of money, church practices

Pope Francis had some provocative things to say in his first major piece of writing, released this week as “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”). Along with a defense of traditional Catholic moral teaching, the Pope continues his argument about … Continue reading

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Nightmare on Elm Street: 50 years later, JFK’s motorcade still makes the turn

Fifty years after, the motorcade still makes that fateful turn, from Houston onto Elm Street. Dealey Plaza. Just a few minutes more and its onto the Stemmons Freeway and the trip to the Dallas Trade Mart for a luncheon speech. … Continue reading

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Easter: Like a rolling stone

Been down. Been raised up. Been in exile. And brought out of Egypt. Been a victim. Took responsibility. Been self-reliant. Well, that didn’t work … Lost it all. Gained everything. Been with family when they died. Was there with my … Continue reading

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First Latin American pope changes history

Pope Francis I has already made history — and that’s saying a lot about the most historic institution in the world. Considering the challenges he faces, however, that may be the easy part for the new pope, the former Cardinal … Continue reading

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How old is the Roman Catholic Church?

In light of the abdication of Pope Benedict XV1, here is the list of all the popes, as posted in St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican. St. Peter (32-67) St. Linus (67-76) St. Anacletus (Cletus) (76-88) St. Clement I (88-97) St. Evaristus … Continue reading

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Panetta: Good and faithful public servant

The Jan. 23, Sentinel Editorial: If this is the last public service job Leon Panetta decides to hold, then he deserves the thanks of the entire country. For Monterey native Panetta, who represented Santa Cruz County in Congress for six … Continue reading

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Is there a doctor in the house? Doc Watson, Paul Simon and Chimes of Freedom

Doc Watson played the Coconut Grove, Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk,  March 12, 1994/ Tim Mosenfelder, Getty Images Seems like all the tired horses writin’ in the sun are writing about the … death of important artists from the not-so-far-off musical … Continue reading

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Christianity dying in Mideast/God is Dead theologian … dead

Israel’s ambassador to the United States, writing Friday in the Wall Street Journal, said that contrary to popular thinking, Christianity is not disappearing from the Israeli portion of the Holy Land, but outside his country, in Muslim-governed lands. In the … Continue reading

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Wave of foolishness in cutting tsunami outreach funding

The Santa Cruz harbor was closed due to the surge from the tsunami  on  March 11, 2011./Karen T. Borchers/Mercury News Almost one year ago, the catastrophic earthquake off Japan sent a tsunami barreling across that country’s coast, taking nearly 20,000 … Continue reading

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Two reporters whose deaths leave a void

Anthony Shadid, on top of bus with notebook,  reports from Egypt in February/New York Times Two reporters who were among the finest working in our conflicted business died this week. Anthony Shadid and Jeffrey Zaslow were both relatively young men … Continue reading

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