Confederate Ideology and the Second Amendment

This post appeared originally at my Huffington Post column on June 23, 2015. It is all to the good that the Confederate flag is now being seen as odious and hateful by most Americans. It truly has been a symbol of hate and injustice going all the way back. In the Civil War it was used to rally slave-holders… Read more »

Pope Francis, the Common Good and Global Climate Change

This post appeared originally in my Huffington Post column on June 13, 2015. It is a line repeated with tiresome regularity in right-wing circles: Pope Francis has no business proposing solutions to the crisis of global climate change. He is not a scientist, they say. He should stick to morals and to matters of faith and doctrine. Pope Francis’ defenders… Read more »

The Irish Referendum and the Future of Catholicism

This post appeared originally at my Huffington Post column on May 27, 2015. Ireland is a Catholic country. The Church has filled a leading role in society not only in modern times, but ever since the early middle ages. One need only think of St. Patrick and St. Bridget, the great monasteries, and the beautiful works of art and… Read more »

Can You Trump That?

This post appeared originally on my Huffington Post column, published May 13, 2015. Donald Trump has teased the voting public before. He has flirted several times with the possibility of running for president. In 2012, he even rose to near the top of some early opinion polls. Each time, however, Trump backed away from an… Read more »

Does He Have a Prayer? Mike Huckabee Runs for President

This post appeared originally at my Huffington Post column on May 6, 2015. In 2008, Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas made a strong run for the Republican nomination for president. He won the Iowa caucus and carried over four million popular votes across the length of the Republican primary. In the wake of the nominating… Read more »

What Genesis Says About Marriage: It’s Not What You Think

This post appeared originally in my Huffington Post column on April 19, 2015. There are many Christians, especially fundamentalists, who remain convinced that the Book of Genesis establishes life-long monogamous marriage between one man and one woman as the sole biblically-approved form of marital union. This is a viewpoint shared by popular writers and even… Read more »

The Modern Papacy and War

This post appeared originally at my Huffington Post column on April 13, 2015. It did not receive nearly the attention it should have. In the last five weeks, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, who is the Holy See’s chief diplomatic representative to the United Nations, has issued calls for organized military responses against Boko Haram and against… Read more »