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Pentecost or the Tower of Babel – Faith, Science, and The Powder Keg That Is Our World — 1 Comment

  1. Fr. James. I am glad that you returned home safely and in good health. I, too, share your stress during these times. Your statement “We are in need of a Spirit driven, unifying voice that is not merely an ideology or a placard, but a unifying voice of peace to help us navigate this broken world…” resonates with me as well. But it still depresses me. I believe we have such a person in the figure of Pope Francis. His encyclical Laudato Si provides an excellent example of scientists, physical, biological and social, anthropologists, sociologists, economics, and organizational systems, working together on the complex problems of climate change. Yet, I have little hope that he will be able to function in the role you propose. In our own country, those bishops and priests and lay Catholics who were critical of decisions to close churches are generally the same ones who failed to do anything with Laudato Si when it came out; the bishops continue to be polarizing factors rather than unifying ones, e.g., Cardinal Dolan is the most recent example. So, I will continue to pray and hope that the gifts of the Holy Spirit will infuse them and open their hearts. Please keep up your thoughtful columns.

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