Fear works

This Slate article says that conservative politicians play on fear, and historically, that’s a successful tactic. (I get that this article was in advance of Halloween, but even though my local CVS aisles have moved on to the next holiday, the topic bears a little exploration, I think.) Fear is a successful motivator in theology, as well. I …

How would Jesus vote?

After a third Republican presidential debate that might have topped the first two for irrelevancy, this, at Relevant Magazine, From Jon Huckins at Global Immersion Project: The discipleship challenge in the midst of a heated political climate is to embrace a posture of curiosity that seeks to understand rather than to be understood. “Winning” an election …

Liberals want him! Conservatives want him! But the Pope bows to no human

This is a pretty good explanation of our latest visitor, Pope Francis’ ideology, and why it doesn’t fit neatly into “liberal” or “conservative.” So there’s something to attract everyone, and something to make them angry, as well. But check with whom the Pope is dining today, for lunch.

Like you’d ever have the chance, but:

Since Pope Francis is on U.S. soil for the first time, if you had 10 minutes with him, what would you say? I’d congratulate him on bringing the conversation around to wealth and income inequality, and then I’d ask him to look at his church’s history with women, and focus his attention there, as well. …

Pew: Over half of U.S. Catholics have left the church

Leftover sends this, in preparation for Pope Francis’ visit to the U.S.: Over half of U.S. adults who were raised Catholic have left the church at some point. Some come back. Some don’t. I think most of the people I know who’ve left are what this survey calls “cultural Catholics.” I wish there was the …