Pope Benedict XVI, 85, the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who took office in 2005, said on Monday that he will retire Feb. 28, the first pope to do so in six centuries, citing deteriorating health.
Alternate headline: World’s leading molester underground railroad advocate steps down.
[W]hat galvanized the Christian community was not abortion, school prayer, or the ERA [Equal Rights Amendment]. I am living witness to that because I was trying to get those people interested in those issues and I utterly failed.
What changed their minds was Jimmy Carter’s intervention against the Christian schools, trying to deny them tax-exempt status on the basis of so-called de facto segregation. In other words, as Randall Balmer has succinctly put it: “the religious right of the late twentieth century organized to perpetuate racial discrimination.”
Salon shows the history of how the political arm of Evangelical Christianity, as you might have suspected, is nothing but a veil for racists to try to push segregation and keep minorities oppressed.
We know that we’ve done and said things that hurt people. Inflicting pain on others wasn’t the goal, but it was one of the outcomes. We wish it weren’t so, and regret that hurt.
We know that we can’t undo our whole lives. We can’t even say we’d want to if we could; we are who we are because of all the experiences that brought us to this point. What we can do is try to find a better way to live from here on. That’s our focus.
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For years, Greer, 53, seemed to be a model pastor. He landed a prime job with one of north Alabama’s largest United Methodist congregations. Colleagues praised him as a preacher. Congregants called his marriage to wife Lisa loving.
But health problems forced him from the pulpit, and he was haunted by what his lawyer calls personal, psychological and professional struggles.
Now, friends and colleagues are struggling to understand how Greer ended up charged with killing his wife and wounding their daughter during a shooting in their church-owned home Jan. 10.