Leadership is hard, especially when confronting policies and people that simply don't work anymore. Caving in to doubt and criticism just creates organizational mirages that perpetuate dysfunction.
In 1990, I interviewed Leszek Konarski and Zygmunt Fura who were involved with environmental issues and the creation of Poland's first Green Party. Twenty-three years later, I met up with them again in Krakow.
Fox 'News' finally finds reason to 'care' about the environment; Hillary Clinton draws a bright green line around Arctic drilling; EPA tells oil and gas industry to cut the methane; and Islamic leaders call on Muslims worldwide.
I have often heard monks and nuns being made fun of. As a child, I myself might even have thought or did. Today I am ashamed. They are modern-day heroes. No. They have always been heroes. It's just that we, who are growing up in the Western world, do not see it, do not feel it.
With Pope Francis increasingly focused on economic inequality, protecting the environment, compassion towards immigrants and peace through diplomacy, it's perhaps appropriate to ask: have Republican presidential candidates taken steps to follow his example on these four issues?
Research in the emerging field of religion and aging suggests significant relations between an active religious life and positive health outcomes, from lower rates of depression to reduced death anxiety. The upshot for congregations: Do not take older worshippers for granted.
A little over a year ago, I wrote a reflection on how I felt about the Black Mass scheduled to happen at Harvard University. After reading Fr. James M...
Vocational discernment is about doing your homework and figuring out what is out there and what is not. It's about listening to your heart instead of the voices of others when deciding what to do. It's about deciding to explore and try and not worry about saving face or what others might think.
Fifty years ago, just five years after the FDA approved the first birth control pill, the Supreme Court struck down a Connecticut state law that prohibited the use of "any drug, medicinal article, or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception," thereby making birth control legal nationwide for married couples.
Power is fickle. When necessary, we are called to fight the power; when needed, we must embrace it.
Pope Francis has created four new female saints, two of them nuns who promoted the education of Arab girls in the Ottoman Empire.
It's not surprising that artworks mirrored propaganda, since the paintings were commissioned by the Church, the biggest patron, and the wealthy, who sought to impress the Church with their devotion to Jesus and the teachings of the Church. Jesus the Jew did not fit into this illusory world.
The high divorce rate in the United States has long been a source of great frustration to the church. It sees heterosexual marriage as the bedrock of society and exhorts its followers to stay married at any cost, but few seem to listen to the advice.
As someone who has enjoyed the bounty of God's waters including the lakes, rivers and streams for decades, it pains me that my grandchildren may not be able to experience a childhood of clean water.
With the country's first Catholic Settlement, the State's first Biological Lab, an important archeological conservation lab, a Naval Air Station, ancient fossils for the taking, incredible kayaking and a burgeoning food scene, this unsung, but incredibly important region -- within an hour's drive of Washington D.C. -- won't be unsung for long.
There has been a lot of strong, hostile reaction from conservatives to the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage. The right declares that good citizenship demands that being loyal to religion is a priority, especially for leaders, over upholding one's civic responsibilities.