New pope takes the name Francis

Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Pope Francis. The first pope from South America, from Argentina. The first non-European pope since the 8th Century. Said to be a humble man who voluntarily gave up many of the trappings of a cardinal, such as his chauffeur, because he wanted to remain humble and simple. Taking the name Francis, the name of a saint who also wished to live a simple, unpretentious life. The first pope to take the name Francis.

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Pro-life groups not likely to let science interfere with religion, politics

While The New York Times first reported it in great detail several days ago, The Week breaks it down into a short form: The “morning after pill” does not keep a fertilized egg from implanting; it prevents fertilization from occurring at all. It does so by slowing the egg on its journey to the uterus, … Continue reading Pro-life groups not likely to let science interfere with religion, politics

So that’s how it is

I just saw a teaser on TV for Oprah Winfrey’s “Next Chapter” show on Sunday. It was evangelist Joel Osteen saying something like (paraphrasing): “I can’t be helpful to people if I’m all poor and depressed myself.” Finally. The rationale for one getting rich off religion. I’ve always wondered how people like that justify getting … Continue reading So that’s how it is

Atheists beat believers on religion survey

America’s atheists and agnostics scored higher on a religious knowledge survey than evangelical Protestants, mainline Protestants, and Catholics, according to a new report from the Pew Research Center. They scored  highest on questions about religion in public life and what the Constitution says about religion, and second only to Jews on knowledge of the world’s … Continue reading Atheists beat believers on religion survey