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Pope Francis and the Nature of Change

Pope Francis is shaking up the Catholic Church by encouraging, and in some cases, forcing change on the 2,000-year-old Church.  He wants: a renewed emphasis on helping the poor, those living in the margins, reforms to the Vatican Bank and … Continue reading

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Pope Francis Asks the Waldensians for Forgiveness

In June 2015, Pope Francis traveled to northern Italy to visit a Waldensian Church.  While visiting, on behalf of the Catholic Church, he ask for their forgiveness.   (In an earlier post, I provided a brief history of the Waldensians … Continue reading

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We Need to Be Careful About Who We Venerate

There have been two recent examples of misplaced religious veneration; both examples insult Native Americas. The first example involves a book recently published by Deseret Book, a LDS publishing firm, and written by Clark B. Hinckley.  The book–titled Christopher Columbus:  A … Continue reading

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Armenia: A Personal History

I’m not from Armenia (the majority of my great-great grandparents are from Scandinavia), but since college, I’ve had a fascination for the country and it tragic history.  I first “discovered” Armenia during a graduate history class at Brigham Young University.  I wrote … Continue reading

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Traditional Churches Are Obsolete . . . Now What?

Traditional religious institutions are rapidly becoming obsolete.  They are unable to keep up with the rapid advances that are occurring in science, technology . . . and with the acceleration of change in general.  There is a need for an … Continue reading

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Mormonism Needs a Liberation Theology

With the recent election of a new Catholic Pope, who has taken the name Francis, there is a renewed interest in a Catholic movement that was popular in the 1960s and ’70s called “liberation theology.” Liberation theology arose as a … Continue reading

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A Pope for the Poor: No Matter Your Religion

The latest Time magazine (Jul 29, 2013) has a well-timed article titled:  “A Pope for the Poor:  Will Francis’ Personal Humility and Focus on Poverty Help Revive the Church’s Fortunes on His Home Continent?”  But the title is much too limiting.  … Continue reading

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