Category Archives: catholicism

LDS Leadership: Still a Serious Lack of Diversity

After the disappointment experienced by many members of the LDS Church over the recent choice of 3 non-diverse new apostles, the frustration continues. At the Church’s General Conference in April 2016, a new presidency of the Primary (children’s organization) was … Continue reading

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How Important is Mormon Internationalism?

The LDS leadership’s commitment to its global membership was recently brought into question by the selection of three elderly white Utahns to the Church’s Quorum of the 12 Apostles.  To make matters even more bizarre, two were  businessmen and one … Continue reading

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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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Suggested Actions for Members Struggling with the Recent LDS Letter on Same-sex Marriage

LDS Church leaders recently had an official letter read to the teen and adult membership reiterating the Church’s stand that marriage is an institution for one man and one woman (against Mormon gay marriages).  For those struggling with the Church’s … 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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