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What will they think of next?

“When an AI-bot and a failed human love each other very much…” (Courtesy C-Span, public domain)

Back in my old Bronx neighborhood, we kids were taught by Catholic sisters whose lessons I found deeply persuasive. I loved religion class because I believed what they told us: that God was everywhere, protecting us, guiding us, and, at times — with wisdom and infinite love — disciplining us…

‘Spare the job creators; take us instead’

Blessed are the CEOs (courtesy Elvert Barnes via Wikimedia)

Alarmed by signs that the Biden Administration might begin clawing back a trivial fraction the Trump-era’s corporate tax cuts, or might symbolically soften a few inconsequential austerity measures, poor and working-class Republicans have begun supporting a new political action committee (PAC) created to ensure that corporate welfare is sustained, even…

Son of Billy

Let us pray (courtesy C-Span)

Chapter One: A Kremlin miracle
Chapter Two: The louche messiah
Chapter Three: Hoping for the best

America’s religious leaders were bewildered and discouraged. God had clearly chosen Donald Trump to become the US president, yet folly and failure clung to him. The Coronavirus pandemic should have been his moment…

Hoping for the best

Girding for battle, 27 February 2020 (courtesy C-Span)

Chapter One: A Kremlin miracle
Chapter Two: The louche messiah

Members of America’s Religious Right prayed strenuously for guidance, insight, and understanding, but God remained silent. He spoke to no one. He explained nothing. “Lord, we beseech you in the name of the United States, your most holy and…

The louche messiah

A spiritual calling, no doubt (Courtesy U.S. National Archives)

Chapter One: A Kremlin miracle

As the Spring of 2016 approached, it became clear that the New Yorker Donald Trump would be the Republican nominee. Many struggled to explain this stunning development in rational terms. …

‘There goes my excuse for accomplishing nothing’

‘Never forget what I taught you, Joe, and one day you’ll be giving me one of these.’ (Courtesy the White House)

A hot microphone caught U.S. President Elect Joe Biden lamenting the run-off victories of Georgia Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff, who will now give his party a slim majority in the Senate.

“At least when Barack was president, we could blame McConnell’s obstruction for our utter failure to help…

A Kremlin miracle

Photo by Steve Harvey on Unsplash

In the primary season of the 58th quadrennial US election, the Lord summoned Vladimir Putin to the Cathedral of the Dormition, to a secret chamber known but to a handful of holy men, and spoke to him, saying: Address the people of the United States and say to them, truly…

A different kind of thinking

They lied to us (Fortepan via Wikimedia Commons)

Sister Miriam’s habit was a discrete presence with enough mass to stir up a breeze when she passed. It made a sound that you could almost hear, but never quite. The tunic was ankle length and she liked to clasp her hands behind the scapular, even as she walked, which…

You read that right

One final caress (Orazio Reminaldi ca 1625, public domain)

The near-sacrifice of Isaac in Genesis 22 is one of the most enchanting stories in Western literature. A deceptively simple tale, it captivates children yet tests the wits of scholars, philosophers and theologians. Its author, whom we call the Elohist, or E, after his habit of referring to the God…

The art of never learning

Great job, fellas (the White House, public domain)

The Trumpers have done it again; sensible people warned them, but they voted in defiance of all reason. Although they’ve watched Donald fail continually, and gracelessly — even tragically — they pulled that lever like lab monkeys dosing themselves with cocaine. …

Thomas Greene

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