Obama's drone attack power meets resistance
Sheila Liaugminas | 7 Mar 2013
This president and his administration are not used to pushback, and haven’t had to answer to much of it anyway, thanks to a largely complicit media and a discombobulated Congress mostly unable to directly engage him. And then came Rand Paul.
'Peter is not there'
Sheila Liaugminas | 5 Mar 2013
The official Latin term for the time between popes holding the office of the papacy is the Interregnum. There is no pope. Vatican operations go into near shutdown or at least restricted mode with key officials doing only essential duties, attending to the most critical things, while the college of cardinals carry the weight of the church and world on their shoulders. But there’s no word for the uneasiness countless Catholics feel around the world for this time of the sede vacante, the empty seat. As one renowned cardinal put it last time around, in 2005, ‘it’s frightening, Peter is not there.’
One good thing about the Oscars
Sheila Liaugminas | 26 Feb 2013
A young and new star stays true to herself and her values, and by that beautiful simplicty teaches the high and mighty a lesson. How sweet it is.
Of Pope Benedict XVI and Gov. Andrew Cuomo
Sheila Liaugminas | 22 Feb 2013
So there, side by side in two top-of-the-fold articles in the Sunday New York Times the other day, were two stories that are seemingly unrelated, but are totally of a piece. A few days later now, they demand attention.
While Benedict XVI is still Pope
Sheila Liaugminas | 19 Feb 2013
The media and Vatican watchers are busy speculating about the recent past (what ‘really’ prompted this resignation) and the future (who is ‘most likely’ to replace him), I think it’s important to take the opportunity while he’s still in the Chair of Peter to recognize what is the legacy of Pope Benedict XVI.
Dear media covering Pope Benedict
Sheila Liaugminas | 15 Feb 2013
Do your homework.
Pope Benedict's retirement fatigue
Sheila Liaugminas | 12 Feb 2013
The man himself is clearly a tired and overly wrought servant who recognizes and admits his failing health and strength. The global coverage of his historic announcement to step down has unleashed an exhausting barrage of analysis, mostly from those who know not of what they speak.
HHS 'compromise': "80 pages of nothing new"
Sheila Liaugminas | 11 Feb 2013
The basic mandate that employers with religious objections to the HHS contraceptive coverage still have to comply or pay punitive fines still stands. The latest fig leaf changes little, but it took a few days to wade through the dense and convoluted legalese the government issued to essentially say ‘we’re not willing to budge, more than an inch.’