Pope Francis surprises
Sheila Liaugminas | 19 March 2013
It hasn’t yet been a week since he was elected, but the man announced as Cardinal Bergoglio/Pope Francis who first appeared to the world on the loggia of St. Peter’s and stood stiff and straight and speechless for what seemed a long time took only a few minutes to throw the world off balance. In a good way.
To really honor Dr. King
Sheila Liaugminas | 22 January 2013
First, respect the fact that he was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Reverend first.
American culture and politics going forward
Sheila Liaugminas | 04 December 2012
The president made that word his campaign slogan followed by a period. Now it should be followed by a question mark.
Work and leisure in right order
Sheila Liaugminas | 04 September 2012
Many people overdo their work life and many people mishandle their leisure time and many are probably the same people. Labor Day is a good time to consider what we’re celebrating and how.
Letter to the hotel industry
Sheila Liaugminas | 10 July 2012
Dear CEOs: Please respect human dignity and the common good of society, and rid your hotels of pornography.
Seeing the human face in mass media
15 May 2012
We are a cynical lot these days. News people feed into that and drive us deeper into identity politics and divisive culture battles and snarky social media communications, and we are willingly complicit. It takes a startling reality check to make us even think about what we’re doing to ourselves and each other.
The global village priest
Sheila Liaugminas | 01 May 2011
From the moment he passed away, he was called John Paul the Great. Now, he can be called Blessed John Paul II. Which is acknowledging what he was.
This crucial moment in Egypt
Sheila Liaugminas | 12 February 2011
The cross-section of different…and wildly different…views on the Egyptian revolution coming in from around the world boggles the mind. But then, the revolution flummoxed the world.
Grieving Parents Act
Sheila Liaugminas | 19 January 2011
When a pregnant woman goes to the doctor, he is treating two patients. When he aborts one, it’s called ‘the product of conception’ or ‘fetal tissue’. When miscarriage ends the life of the child….what to say on the records may depend on which state they’re in.
If King were alive today
Sheila Liaugminas | 18 January 2011
Dr. Martin Luther King lives on in his legacy. There are many voices speaking for what that means today.
The new orthodoxy of “knowledge professionals”
Sheila Liaugminas | 04 October 2010
The Religion Newswriters Association held their annual meeting recently. Their keynote speaker challenged them: be honest.
Untethered to logic and natural law
Sheila Liaugminas | 01 October 2010
"To say that safeguards for individual liberty do not have any intrinsic worth is to say that individual liberty does not have any intrinsic worth. To say that individual liberty does not have any intrinsic worth is to say that the individual human person does not have any intrinsic worth. This is to deny that we are endowed with rights by our Creator. To deny that is in effect to deny that there is a Creator. This is atheism and nihilism no less than moral relativism." Who said this?
Doing injustice in the name of justice
Sheila Liaugminas | 30 September 2010
What would a totally tolerant society look like?
‘Rights and duties of the state and individual’
Sheila Liaugminas | 20 September 2010
When Pope Benedict makes apostolic visits to to various countries, his remarks and addresses always reflect keen insight into that culture’s strengths and weaknesses. But he’s really addressing people of the world beyond that nation in his message of universal human rights and dignity.
Sheila Liaugminas | 10 August 2010
Okay, Americans are steamed. We’re short on leaders and long on critics. Hope and change were empty campaign slogans, and now citizens are angry and afraid. But isn’t there an upside?
Michael Schiavo seeks more attention
Sheila Liaugminas | 05 May 2010
He has surfaced again. And as has been his track record, Schiavo goes about his public campaign for some personal gain in a terribly dysfunctional way that strains credulity and human decency. This is the latest bizarre and disgusting twist...
Bishops: Fix the bill
Sheila Liaugminas | 24 March 2010
Well-intended and necessary as health care reform is, just expanding government programs to make more Americans insured to access a government controlled industry is not enough to affirm human dignity and serve the common good. At least not as mandated in the newly passed legislation, say the U.S. bishops.
Good news in the Times?
Sheila Liaugminas | 25 December 2009
The children of Specialty will deteriorate and die here. The real wonder is that they have survived.
Over 47,200 signatures
Sheila Liaugminas | 23 November 2009
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