Author: Jana Bennett

Post-Election, What We Shall Do is What We are Called to Do: Reflections on the 30th Sunday in Ordinary TIme

SIR 35:12-14, 16-18 PS 34:2-3, 17-18, 19, 23 2 TM 4:6-8, 16-18 LK 18:9-14 I’ll just admit here that I’m going to succumb to a discussion of the election in relation to this Sunday’s scriptures. Most of the homilists I’ve heard in recent weeks have already succumbed, so I suppose I’m in good company in seeking solace in scripture. But I want to focus not on voting, which occupies nearly everyone’s mind and homilies these days (“Read Faithful Citizenship,” the deacon proclaimed last week…) – but what we shall do post-election. I think Catholics ought to be far less concerned...

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Three Thoughts on Nones and Numbers

PRRI released a new report yesterday on America’s “nones” and how the ones who have left are probably not going to come back. Is anyone really surprised by the report? People are leaving because: They no longer believe in the teachings (60%) Their family was not all that religious (32%) They specifically leave due to teachings about LGBT (29%) Other reasons include clergy sex abuse scandals (19%), tramatic event (18%) and too much political talk (16%). Maybe it’s just because I grew up in the cynical, secular Western US, but what the report shows is simply more of the same...

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A Problem for Mark Zuckerberg and Pope Francis

The Catholic News Service reports that Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, met with the pope on Monday, “continuing his dialogue with leaders in the world of social media and technology” (he has also met with the heads of Google, Apple, and Instagram). Pope Francis has been a hearty proponent of social media technology – his twitter handle @pontifex was used almost immediately following his election as pope (though Pope Benedict instituted the twitter handle.) Most recently, he created an Instagram account that is widely used across the globe. His use of social media platforms is significant for many...

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