The cliché is that Americans have a short memory, but since Saturday, a number of us have been arguing over medieval religious wars and whether they ...
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What made his life so appealing to so many? Among other things, Francis's love for Jesus was so explicit that he was naive enough to believe that Jesus actually meant for us to do the things he taught us.
St. Francis was one of the first critics of capitalism, one of the earliest Christian environmentalists, a sassy reformer of the Church and one of the classic conscientious objectors to war.
Dorothy was truly a saint of "common ground" -- someone who held in tension a great love for the church along with deep sufferings over its sins and failings.
Those who would manipulate the masses to their own advantage invariably draw on the power of passion. And for most of history, and never more than now, religion is the passion of choice.
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