Monthly Archives: November 2016

Hate, Justice, Forgiveness

Islamic centers in California got hate mail recently. At least one of the letters was addressed “To the Children of Satan,” and started with “You muslims [!] are a vile and filthy people….”1 Details are new, but the attitude is … Continue reading

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Advent and Being Prepared

Today’s the start of this year’s Advent cycle, leading up to another Christmas. With my culture’s annual focus on flying reindeer, decorated trees, and overflow crowds in Bethlehem, this verse from today’s Gospel reading might sound odd: “25 Therefore, stay … Continue reading

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Olive Threat, Ginkgo Genome

Something’s killing Europe’s olive trees: a bacterium that’s probably spread by insects. Scientists don’t know how to stop the disease, not yet. Other scientists analyzed the Ginkgo genome. What they found helps explain the tree’s remarkable endurance. Olive Quick Decline … Continue reading

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Celebrating Mercy

Here we go again. The headlines are accurate, as far as they go. “Pope Francis Extends Priests’ Ability to Forgive Abortion” Elisabetta Povoledo, The New York Times (November 21, 2016) “Pope Francis extends Catholic priests’ right to forgive abortion” Tim … Continue reading

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