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Bishop Pierre Whalon is the Bishop in charge of Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, based in Paris, France, a post he was elected to in 2001. Ordained a priest in 1985, he served as rector in Episcopal churches in Pennsylvania and Florida prior to his election as bishop. A columnist and a feature writer, he has published numerous articles and book reviews in both secular and religious publications and blogs. Bishop Whalon has visited Haiti on several occasions since the earthquake, and is working tirelessly on the rebuilding of Holy Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Port-Au-Prince.

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40 Years Ago, Women!

(12) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 8:33 AM

On July 29, 1974, at the Episcopal Church of the Advocate in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, three retired bishops ordained eleven women to the priesthood. The senior warden of the parish, Barbara Harris, who later would become the first woman bishop of the Episcopal Church, led the procession into the church.

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Can Heaven Be "Revealed"?

(49) Comments | Posted March 14, 2014 | 4:35 PM

Revealing Heaven: The Christian Case for Near-death Experiences (John W. Price, New York: HarperCollins, 2013; pp. 165+ix

A review by the Rt. Rev. Pierre W. Whalon

Since the publication of books by Raymond Moody and Elizabeth Kübler-Ross, there has been a great deal of literature on the...

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Pape François: quel style! Mais quelle substance?

(14) Comments | Posted August 12, 2013 | 12:32 AM

Lorsque j'ai rencontré le pape François à sa première audience, le 20 mars 2013, j'étais, comme beaucoup, frappé par la différence de style avec son prédécesseur. Déjà la veille, à la messe d'inauguration, on avait été témoin de son arrivée en avance de l'heure et sans protection blindée. Sa façon...

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A Memoir of Babylon, 10 Years Later

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 12:11 PM

People around the world recently took notice of two high-profile events in the life of the Church: the inauguration of the pontificate of His Holiness Pope Francis, and the enthronement of the new spiritual leader of the Anglican Communion, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Reverend...

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Du courage œcuménique

(1) Comments | Posted February 16, 2013 | 1:52 PM

Nous devons saluer la décision courageuse de Sa Sainteté le pape Benoît XVI de prendre sa retraite et laisser le siège de Pierre à un autre.

Alors qu'il commençait à montrer des signes de son âge, beaucoup craignaient de revivre les dernières années de son prédécesseur.

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'Guns Don't Kill...'

(2) Comments | Posted December 20, 2012 | 1:25 PM

"Guns don't kill people, people kill people." How often have we heard this slogan? It is a tautology -- it can't help being true. No gun ever got up by itself, aimed at a person and pulled the trigger. And people have always killed people, of course. Special forces train...

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Prometheus: Faith Unbound

(36) Comments | Posted June 22, 2012 | 11:50 AM

I went to see the Ridley Scott movie Prometheus
recently. What struck me -- besides the quality of the acting, direction, amazing sets, and excellent effects -- was the theme of faith.

If you have not seen the film, do not read on, unless you don't...

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Religion and Politics Are Inseparable: Get Over It

(67) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 3:43 PM

Cardinal Timothy Dolan appeared on Face the Nation on Easter Sunday. The New York Times reported on the conversation:

Asked by Mr. Schieffer if he thought religion was playing too much of a role in politics, the cardinal said, "No, I don't think so at all."


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Human Rights and Religion: The Highest Possible Stakes

(28) Comments | Posted March 13, 2012 | 10:43 AM

Human rights: what are they? Americans, at least, will immediately think of Jefferson's words in the Declaration of Independence: "We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights..." There is a connection between God and...

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God Does Not Exist...

(114) Comments | Posted February 24, 2012 | 10:20 AM

God does not exist.

People exist. Things in the universe exist. The planets in their courses exist. While there are clear limits to our knowledge, everyone knows what it means to exist.

God does not exist.

If God does exist, then that is not God. All existing things are relative...

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Desperately Seeking a Macroeconomic Theory That Really Works

(13) Comments | Posted January 9, 2012 | 10:23 AM

For many years, I have been studying marriage from the point of view of a theologian, convinced that the Church's understanding of marriage is historically and presently one of its weaker endeavors.

One thing I have learned is the intimate connection between marriage and economics: all societies practice marriage, and...

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Is Capitalism Moral? Wrong question, Part the Last

(0) Comments | Posted December 6, 2011 | 9:07 AM

This is the last of four posts arguing that capitalism has an intrinsic morality. The first post disputed those who think that capitalism cannot have a moral dimension. Part two establishes that there is a moral context in which business is done.

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Is Capitalism Moral? Part Three

(0) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 10:51 AM

This is the third of four posts arguing that capitalism has an intrinsic morality. The first post disputed those who think that capitalism cannot have a moral dimension. Part two establishes that there is a moral context in which business is done. Part three (this one)...

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Is Capitalism Moral? Part Two

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2011 | 2:32 PM

Since my post on the morality of capitalism, in which I promised an argument about the morality of capitalism, the Occupy Wall Street and Los Indignados movements have broken out around the world. As the recent controversy surrounding Occupy London and St. Paul's Cathedral has shown, these movements...

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The Halloween Horror: One Year Since Baghdad Cathedral Attack

(2) Comments | Posted November 2, 2011 | 1:07 PM

The Anniversary: I scanned the congregation from my seat at the altar of the little church in Paris, Notre Dame de Chaldée. Their faces have become familiar to me: young women in black clutching small children, their long black hair and dark eyes blending into their widow's weeds. And the...

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Why I Am Not An Atheist

(744) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 9:10 AM

In the July 25 issue of the New Statesman there is a feature on the replies atheists give to the question of why they do not believe. This gave equal space to non-believers, since the magazine had printed in a previous issue replies from believers.

The answers...

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Is Capitalism Moral? Wrong Question...

(32) Comments | Posted July 22, 2011 | 1:54 PM

André Comte-Sponville is a popular French philosopher. When I say "popular" I mean that his writing sells books. One of his bestsellers is entitled Is Capitalism Moral?

In a nutshell, he says that capitalism cannot be an activity constrained by anything other than the laws of the market,...

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Many Mansions in Whose House?

(18) Comments | Posted June 6, 2011 | 4:17 PM

The famous astrophysicist Stephen Hawking has said it again: "I regard the brain as a computer which will stop working when its components fail. There is no heaven or afterlife for broken down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark." Hmmm...

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Big Media Events and the Churches That Put Them On

(10) Comments | Posted May 11, 2011 | 5:01 PM

Two major media events splashed across the screens of the world: the royal wedding and the beatification of John Paul II. These showed vividly the similarities and differences between the Church of England, Anglicans/Episcopalians in general and the Roman Catholic Church.

Once you step out of the inner circles, the...

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How Quickly We Forget

(0) Comments | Posted April 11, 2011 | 9:16 AM

On Monday last, I went to Charles de Gaulle airport with members of the Association d'entraide aux minorités d'Orient (Organization supporting minorities in the Orient) or AEMO, to meet family members of people wounded in the October 31 attack on the Baghdad cathedral. At the request of the...

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