Biblical lesson found in quote by mobster Gotti

Mobster John Gotti is not my usual source for biblical commentary or moral counsel, but I recently came across one of his quotes: “I never lie because I don’t fear anyone. You only lie when you’re afraid.” His quote is spot on when it comes to the prohibition against bearing false witness.

‘Render unto Caesar’ doesn’t cover crony capitalism

Pope Francis has caused a lot of huffing and puffing from guys like radio host Rush Limbaugh for his comments about capitalism. I think folks on both the left and the right don’t appreciate the extent of the pope’s experience with crony capitalism in Argentina.

There’s more to St. Paddy’s Day than green beer

Patrick didn’t confront the culture or the civil order. No “imposing his values.” No laws forcing people to be Christian. He made Ireland Christian by the power of his message and his incorporation of the familiar into Christianity.

What good is Lent if we’ve forgotten sin?

Ash Wednesday is here, the beginning of Lent. This time of penance in preparation for Easter is often outshined by the pre-Lent festivities such as Fat Tuesday with paczkis or Mardi Gras. But Lent doesn’t mean much to people who have lost the whole idea of sin.