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October 16, 2008 Archives

106-year-old nun for Obama!

posted by David Gibson

Okay, the Nigerian archbishop was one thing. But when a centenarian sister who has voted just once before in her life–in 1952–is sending in her absentee ballot from Rome to New Hampshire to vote for Obama, well, something’s going on. […]

An Archbishop for Obama!

posted by David Gibson

Does that make him a bad Catholic? He is African, a Nigerian to be precise. And in this interview with NCR’s John Allen (both men are in Rome for the Synod on the Bible), Archbishop John Onaiyekan of Abuja, Nigeria, […]

Is Barack Obama the new Al Smith?

posted by David Gibson

That’s the question I ponder at Progressive Revival ahead of tonight’s 63rd Al Smith Dinner tonight in New York…And why Catholics no longer need apply for a meal ticket at this glitziest of Catholic political events…

Were Adam & Eve vegans?

posted by David Gibson

Hey, the Bible tells me so…After all, it was fruit (though not necessarily an apple) that Eve picked, causing all that trouble. (Just kidding.) But CNS’ Cindy Wooden, covering the Synod on the Word currently going on in the Vatican […]

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Moving on, and many, many thanks...
So...my recent vacation and related absences also coincided with an offer from PoliticsDaily.com to cover religion for them, as editor Melinda Henneberger announces here in her roundup on the site's very successful first 100 days. That means, in short, that I'll have to sign off from blogging h

posted 8:29:24pm Aug. 02, 2009 | read full post »

Calvin at 500, Calvinism 2.0
If you thought you knew John Calvin--who turned 500 last week--you probably don't know enough. For example, that he was French, born Jean Cauvin. And if he was in fact scandalized by dancing, he was also a lot more complex than that. I explored the new look Calvin in an essay at PoliticsDaily, "Patr

posted 11:53:35am Jul. 16, 2009 | read full post »

Apologia pro vita sua...Kinda
 In my defense, I've had computer outages and family reunions and a few days of single-parenthood, which is always a bracing reminder of what many parents go through all the time. And this weekend it's off for a week's vacation. Anyway, hence the long absence. Apologies to those who have chec

posted 10:51:36am Jul. 16, 2009 | read full post »

When Benny met Barry: "I'll pray for you!"
The first word via Vatican Radio and first image (that I saw) via Rocco: Speaking to Vatican Radio, Press Office Director Fr. Federico Lombardi said "moral values in international politics, immigration and the Catholic Church's contribution in developing countries" were key topics of discussio

posted 12:54:28pm Jul. 10, 2009 | read full post »


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