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But there's another idea that many of us Americans have bought into even harder: Religion. I don't mean spiritual people who strive to lead good lives by adhering to the tenets of forgiveness and compassion that are found throughout The Bible.
Pope Francis' denunciation of predatory capitalism along with the willful disregard for its pernicious consequences has not set off any fireworks. Just the opposite. What is stunning is the tepid response -- such as it is.
But for one to deny that the Church is anti-gay in one sentence and then to maintain a stance against gay marriage in the next adds injury to insult. Let's just be very clear here -- if you are against marriage equality you are anti-gay.
Listening to Francis's focus on poverty and economic inequality, one cannot help but hear the echo of another man of the cloth who implored Catholics to fight for the poor and ultimately sacrificed his life for the cause.
I'm under no illusions that the pope isn't without his flaws, but when it comes to the Christian faith and in particular being Christ-like he just seems to get it, probably more than any other major Christian leader I know.
As I walked out of my mother's room in Mt. Sinai hospital that summer day in 1982, I ran into my cousin, who was a surgical resident on her floor. My mother was recovering from the second surgery in six months. The cancer could not be stopped.
While the GOP wanders the desert to consider who might deliver it once again to the Promised Land of the White House, it would be wise to consider some characteristics that have made Pope Francis so successful so early in his pontificate.
What are we to make of Pope Francis so far? Is he a cautious reformer? A fence straddler? A middle of the road compromiser trying to please everyone all around?
As Americans who find joy in our family heritages and faith traditions, we really have only one choice: Commonsense immigration reform that makes our entire nation stronger.
Her name is Philomena Lee and, as played by Judi Dench in what should be an Oscar-nominated performance, she's a deceptively ordinary older woman with a mission.
Emotion, for Anderson and Girgis, is an inadequate foundation for marriage, affection a weak and unsteady cornerstone. Only the singular unity of heterosexual coitus can ever truly create a marriage.
There is a wonderful Senegalese Proverb that sums up the challenge for the Catholic Hierarchy: "If an egg is broken by outside force, life ends. If broken by inside force, life begins. Great things always begin from the inside."
I hope that every religious tradition will teach tolerance and spiritual literacy of other traditions. That's a given. But I also think that there is more. Tolerance may be our supreme civic virtue, but it is not the most important virtue for using religion to its fullest.
To me it is astounding that Philomena Lee still has her strong religious belief even after everything that was done to her. She questions things and is very open in speaking about her experiences, but her faith is unshakeable -- as strong as it always was.