The politics of faith

Jimmy Carter's cancer diagnosis has prompted a favorable re-evaluation of the former president's legacy from Democrats who spent much of the last two decades distancing themselves from his perceived liberal idealism. His personal integrity, commitment to human rights and peacemaking as president and ex-president have all been rightly lauded. Yet one standout Carter quality is still largely off-limits for those in his party: his very public religiosity.


Values of Jesus fit today's left

Jesus was a liberal. He sided with underdogs. He championed little people, not the privileged and powerful. "Blessed are the poor" was one of his maxims. He told a noble: "Sell all that thou hast, and distribute unto the poor."


Cistercian monk nurtured faith through wars, occupation

DALLAS - Fr. Roch Kereszty may seem like just another monk at Cistercian Abbey in Irving, Tex. Nothing is unusual about how he leans on his cane; nothing different about how he'll greet you with a warm smile. The only thing that really stands out is his deep Hungarian accent when he strikes up a conversation.

Faith in Action

Bloom: 'Who will be at your Thanksgiving table?'

Hospitality is one of the hallmarks of Thanksgiving. Clearly this question of American hospitality consumes the attention of our political system regarding refugees from the war-torn Middle East. I am, however, more concerned about how this immigration issue plays out in the pulpit and in the pews.

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