“We cannot be resigned to these divisions as if they were merely an inevitable part of the historical experience of the Church. If Christians ignore the call to unity which comes to them from the Lord, they risk ignoring the Lord himself.” – Pope Francis, addressing leaders from the World Council of Churches
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“Our mind is central and precedes our deeds. Speak or act with your pure mind, and happiness will follow you like a shadow that never leaves. May there be joy in the world with ample harvest and spiritual wealth.” – The Dalai Lama, offering the opening prayer at the U.S. Senate on Thursday.
“Jesus is not a vagrant, Jesus is not a helpless person who needs our help. We need someone who is capable of meeting our needs, not someone who is also needy.” – Cindy Castano Swannack of Davidson, N.C., who doesn’t like a sculpture outside an Episcopal church that depicts Jesus as a homeless person sleeping […]
“America has always sought to be a home for the oppressed around the world. Educating one’s children according to one’s religious convictions is a human right. Sending this family back to Germany is the repudiation of a great American heritage.” – Russell Moore, president of the Southern Baptists’ Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, after the Supreme Court declined […]
“The only condition for the validity of my resignation is the complete freedom of my decision. Speculations regarding its validity are simply absurd.” – Pope Benedict XVI, in an interview with La Stampa, one year after he formally resigned from the papacy.
“No one should be subject to a criminal penalty simply for being gay. If laws like these do not constitute the “unjust discrimination” against gay people that the church rightly denounces, then what possibly could?” – The editors of America magazine, a Jesuit publication, denouncing new laws in Nigeria and Uganda that impose stiff penalties […]
“My preference is a straitlaced Baptist to an everything-goes Methodist.” – Dallas-area Tea Party activist Julie McCarty, co-founder of the NE Tarrant Tea Party, on why she’s endorsing one judicial candidate over another, based on church affiliation. She was quoted by the Star-Telegram.
“I think we got off the track when we allowed our government to become a secular government. (We) stopped realizing that God created this nation, that he wrote the Constitution, that it’s based on biblical principles.” – Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, R-Texas, in an interview with San Antonio pastor Matthew Hagee.
“Who is at fault? All of us are. We are all sinners. There is only one who is right, and that is our Lord.” – Pope Francis, in an informal message recorded on an iPhone, urging Christian unity.
“Why was Christ’s first miracle to be the ultimate bartender? Jesus was interested in celebration. We separate being human from being spiritual all too easily in Nashville.” – Geoff Little, organizer of the Beer and Hymn Sing group in Nashville, Tenn., and a member of Downtown Presbyterian Church. He was quoted by The Tennessean.