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Nicaragua’s ‘Intense Waves of Repression’ 

From the Washington Post, 8/19/22: “Federal police stormed the home of a Catholic bishop in northern Nicaragua at dawn on Friday and detained one of President Daniel Ortega’s most prominent remaining critics as the government moved ever closer to silencing all dissent in the Central American country. “Authorities placed the bishop, the Rev. Rolando Álvarez,Continue reading Nicaragua’s ‘Intense Waves of Repression’ 

On Scripture: Good Works Essential, So Is Prayer

“Jesus said: ‘Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, you hypocrites.You pay tithes of mint and dill and cummin,and have neglected the weightier things of the law:judgment and mercy and fidelity.But these you should have done, without neglecting the others.’” — Matthew 23:23 I tend to hear these words, from the Gospel reading of August 23,Continue reading “On Scripture: Good Works Essential, So Is Prayer”

Running Scared

Writing back in May about how Democrats hoped the imminent overturning of Roe v. Wade could help them turn the tide against the projected Republican wave in the November mid-term elections, I predicted that wouldn’t happen “unless Republicans run scared” on the abortion issue. True to form, a number of Republicans in the New YorkContinue reading Running Scared

On Scripture: ‘Put Not Your Trust in Princes’

Put not your trust in princes,in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation.When his spirit departs he returns to his earth;on that day his plans perish.                                                 — Psalm 146, 3-4 We all look for heroes in life—people we can admire, take inspiration from, look to for leadership and great accomplishments. WeContinue reading “On Scripture: ‘Put Not Your Trust in Princes’”

Mike Long, R.I.P.

Tributes poured forth, and deservedly so, following the death last week of Michael R. Long, a giant of conservative politics in New York and across the nation. I wouldn’t even attempt to match the depth or eloquence of those remembrances, from loving family and friends, colleagues and allies in the political arena, leaders of hisContinue reading “Mike Long, R.I.P.”

Mass Shootings and the Power of Evil

A racist shooting massacre in Buffalo last May. The horrible slaughter of little schoolchildren in Uvalde, Texas in June. July opening with the mass shooting of holiday parade-goers in Highland Park, Illinois. Each time, we grope for answers, solutions, interventions that will end this madness. There are the immediate panaceas: tougher gun control, harsher punishments.Continue reading “Mass Shootings and the Power of Evil”

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