“My husband is suffering because he is a Christian. He is suffering because he is an American. Yet, his own government … has abandoned him. Don’t we owe it to him as a nation to stand up for his human rights, for his freedom?” – Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of Iranian-American pastor Saeed Abedini, who […]
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“Even an ardent atheist can look at a house of worship and see the signs of an invisible human longing that is common to us all, believer and unbeliever alike.” – Canadian photographer Mark Schacter, writing in CNN’s Belief Blog about being an atheist who photographs houses of worship.
“I’m not ashamed to say I believe in God and I believe in his Word. The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers. Only God does. And neither political party is always right.” – Sen. Mark Pryor, a conservative Arkansas Democrat who’s facing a tough reelection bid in 2014, in a new TV […]
“Like [President] Obama, [Pope] Francis is unable to see the problems that are really endangering his people. Like Obama he mistakes the faithful for the enemy, the enemy for his friend, condescension for respect, socialism for justice and capitalism for tyranny.” – Adam Shaw, a news editor for FoxNews.com, criticizing Pope Francis.
“Was I anxious? A little, yes, but everyone was nice. But it’s true, having a lot of people in front of you is a bit scary.” – Pope Francis, reflecting on his first papal Mass, to a crowd at Church of San Cirillo Alessandrino on the outskirts of Rome, according to Catholic News Service.
“When you have forces like Hollywood, when you have forces like politicians, when you have forces like some opinion-molders that are behind it, it’s a tough battle.” – Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, speaking to David Gregory on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” on how the Catholic Church has been “caricatured as being anti-gay.”
“I prefer a church which is bruised, hurting, and dirty because it has been out on the streets rather than a church which is unhealthy from being confirmed and from clinging to its own security.” – Pope Francis, in an apostolic exhortation issued Tuesday.
“God doesn’t expect me to be thankful FOR all circumstance, but IN all circumstances. There’s a huge difference. The first attitude is masochism. The second shows maturity.” – California megachurch pastor Rick Warren, writing in Time magazine about thankfulness during what he called “the worst year of my life” after his youngest son committed suicide.
“I did not seek to enter any controversy and I don’t relish being part of one.” – Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill., speaking before conducting a “minor exorcism” after state lawmakers approved same-sex marriage.
“I couldn’t pass on the other side of the road like a Levite to preserve a rule. All I saw was love for my son.” – The Rev. Frank Schaefer, who was convicted Monday by other United Methodist clergy for officiating at the wedding for his gay son in 2007, invoking Jesus’ parable of the […]