Every semi-literate person in the atomic age recalls Albert Einstein’s 1946 warning: “The unleashed power of the atom bomb has changed everything, except our modes of thinking, and thus we drift towards unparalleled catastrophes.” (The Quotable Einstein p. 175) All major news sources in the United States have seemingly done their utmost to prevent awareness [...]
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists places a “Doomsday Clock” on every issue. Midnight is the hour of nuclear conflagration. With the arrival of Donald Trump as Commander-in-Chief the minute hand has been moved forward. It now stands at 2 minutes and thirty seconds before 12 o’clock. Prior to Mr. Trump’s arrival the United States began [...]
Recently, the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced that it moved its symbolic nuclear doomsday clock minute hand ahead thirty seconds to two and one-half minutes till midnight. Midnight represents nuclear apocalypse. http://www.commondreams.org/views/2017/01/27/2-12-minutes-midnight-our-world-peril Filmaker Regis Tremblay's new film just released is entitled “Thirty Seconds to Midnight.” See the online version here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0bsrFyLz6U Potential nuclear war [...]
Bulletin of Atomic Scientists editors moved their “Doomsday Clock” forward 30 seconds to midnight in January. February 1st the US put Iran “On Notice” for testing a missile. It is 11:57 and counting. The USA by means of serpentine CIA actions overthrew the elected Mosaddegh government of Iran in August 1953 and placed a dictatorial [...]
Which 21st century leader could openly support universal adoption of L-41 to abolish nuclear weapons? Would not the future of Earth, our “common home” and all living creatures be aborted in the event of another nuclear exchange? Who will be the potentate to call for use of nuclear weapons the third time?
While living in Ossining, NY during the 1960’s, I listened to my friend Jim Beach from Tarrytown, NY give honest political reports about events each evening on Radio WHUD (Tarrytown is a city on the Hudson River 25 miles north of New York City). One day Jim received a phone call from a man in Cleveland who said “Your political comments would no longer be needed.” Jim and I were somewhat shocked to discover his astute progressive political observations would be replaced by a corporate takeover.
Fr. Rohr concludes, “We are all in school!” For the first time in nearly eighty years this December, I learned of professional midwifes who are called “Doulas.” The Chinese word for birth is “to come out to the world.” Was there a Doula present with Mary and Joseph at the moment Jesus entered our world?
November 2016 brought a blanket of global fear for people of color, environmentalists (don’t we all want pure air, water, food?), political progressives and maturing youths born in the 1970’s. Never in the history of our immigrant nation have researchers noted two more unpopular leading candidates.
The Berrigan brothers were prophetic leaders in the peace momentum. They followed an example of Gandhi, who read Jesus’ Beatitudes (Matthew V or Luke VI) every day. Like the uncertain number of arrests that their peace movement has endured, similarly could the Berrigans not enumerate their Pentagon visits.
...in June 23, 2014 Dayton University became the first Catholic institution to declare divestment from fossil fuels. By April 2016, 515 educational, civic and financial institutions had joined in the pledge to divest from fossil fuels.