“This indifference makes you sick. Once again we have to repeat the name of the illness that makes us feel so bad in the world today – the globalization of indifference.” – Pope Francis, criticizing the “globalization of indifference” in relation to Syrian crisis.
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About Ron Ribiat
Ron joined the RNS staff in 2012 as the editorial assistant, taking over story and press release distribution, comment moderation and other behind-the-scenes Web tasks. He's also a hero of the Columbia office, having successfully once captured and released a mouse that had taken up residence uninvited.
“We need to unite, we must declare jihad!” – Ustaz Masridzi Sat, president of Perkid, a Malaysian Muslim group, after traces of pork products were found in Cadbury chocolates in Malaysia. Perkid and other Muslim groups accused Cadbury of deliberately trying to weaken and divide Muslims by allowing forbidden pork products in chocolate.
“It is a bit ridiculous: ‘Tell me, when does your Christ rise from the dead? Mine will next week.’ ‘Well, mine was resurrected last week.’” – Pope Francis, telling reporters about the need for Western Christians and Eastern Orthodox Christians to set a common date for Easter, after meeting with Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Jerusalem.
“I simply cannot believe that Jesus would require me to condemn my friends, nor that Jesus would require me to report any of my colleagues who supported, even loved, gay persons, nor do I believe for a moment that Jesus would punish me for my earlier ministry.” – Richard Hague, who retired from a 45-year career in […]
“#Happiness is our people’s right. We shouldn’t be too hard on behaviors caused by joy.” – Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, in a tweet after the release of six young Iranians who were arrested for making an “obscene video” of themselves dancing along to the Pharrell Williams song “Happy.”
“We are a better people than what these laws represent, and it is time to discard them into the ash heap of history.” – Federal Judge John E. Jones III, striking down Pennsylvania’s ban on same-sex marriage
“I think the train has left the station. I just can’t see a huge step back.” – Willamette University law professor Gwynne Skinner, quoted by The Oregonian, after a federal judge struck down Oregon’s ban on same-sex marriage
“I’m not interested in perfect people. This isn’t a dinner for angels.” – Rabbi Shmuley Boteach, host of the Champions of Jewish Values International Awards Gala, which featured New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who has angered Jews with comments about the Palestinian territories, and Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who flubbed a debate performance during the 2012 […]
“I knew this was a losing engagement. I was just hoping for a longer engagement.” – Colleen Simon, who was forced out of her job as director of a food pantry at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church because she is a lesbian and married to another woman. She was quoted by the Kansas City Star.
“The moment you see orgasm as a transcendent experience and one that can lead to mystical union, it’s truly transformative. We don’t know how to deal with orgasm in American sexuality. For us, it’s just something that proves that the sexual encounter is over. The whole experience of sex is a means to an end. It […]