The Russian President Vladimir Putin is a churchgoer, a rare bird among leading statesmen. He goes to communion; he has a confessor; he lights candles in some small parish church at feasts, he confers with wise old men in remote monasteries. He follows church politics and keeps engaged. Recently, at the unspecified emergency, after the... Read More
The Politics of Penitence
The word ‘Islam’ seems to have become by now, especially on the rightwing social spectrum, an all-encompassing code word for non-White residents and migrants. Predictably, the so-called asymmetric or hybrid wars waged by the US and EU against the ISIS are creating a widespread, albeit still muted hatred against Arabs and Muslims among the majority... Read More
The pontiff wasn't referring to sex and blackmail, but a subculture of corruption within the Holy See.
It is being reported that Pope Francis recently told an audience of South American prelates that there is indeed a “gay lobby” in the Vatican. The pronouncement, if that’s what it actually was, is predictably being interpreted in various ways. Some see the statement as a long overdue admission of a fact that has always... Read More
He came out of a trap door flashlight in hand, without his elegant vestments and his rings - impediments for the task at hand. In his nightshirt and slippers he slipped into the bathroom next to the dormitory and sat on the toilet waiting. In a few moments a young seminarian slipped into the stall... Read More