November 27, 2012 |
Religious conservatives in the United States have been complaining that developments in the political arena - the Obamcare contraceptive mandate, the progress of same-sex civil marriage - threaten religious freedom. They're crying wolf, but similar alarums in the Mother Country make a bit more sense. Because England has an established church, some of whose bishops sit in Parliament, the political question of same-sex marriage has religious reverberations that don't sound here.
February 12, 2013
Re "Church used funds meant for the dead," Feb. 10 Several years ago I visited the small Roman Catholic church in Loreto, Mexico. There, I saw an older, probably poor woman with a small boy dropping a few coins into the collection box. A few years later, fortune brought me to the Vatican. It was beautiful and the works of art were stunning, but I couldn't stop thinking about that poor woman and child in Loreto giving what little they had to such a wealthy organization. As we stood in St. Peter's Square, the pope's private white helicopter flew overhead; our guide said, "There goes his holiness to his summer retreat.
May 12, 2010 |
"To live is to change," wrote the 19th century English Cardinal John Henry Newman, "and to be perfect is to have changed often." Pope Benedict XVI will preside over Newman's beatification — sainthood's honorific antechamber — when he visits Britain in September, but between now and then he's likely to hear growing demands for change in the governance of an ancient but scandal-ravaged institution In a stunningly blunt editorial, for...
November 10, 2012
Several readers who disagreed with The Times' Monday editorial , which expressed concern over priests who made political statements from the pulpit before Tuesday's vote, noted that the same day's paper published a photo of Gov. Jerry Brown in the pews of a South L.A. church campaigning for Proposition 30. In a letter Tuesday, Robert S. Rodgers of Culver City asked: "Do the editors approve of Democrats going to churches to push for their causes...
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May 22, 1989
In response to "Preacher Scott Rents Theater in L.A. for Church," Part I, May 10: Bruce Corwin (president of Metropolitan Theaters and president of Miracle on Broadway) is quoted as saying, "A church is a splendid use for the theater." Friends, church is theater and I hope to live to see the day that it is taxed accordingly. MARY CARR MELKONIAN Woodland Hills
July 3, 2008
From time to time I read your column on My Favorite Weekend. To be honest, I am not interested in where the famous eat, but I have been waiting to see if any of them include church as part of their Sunday events. I may have missed some, but I was delighted to see in the June 26 column that Jesse McCartney did mention that he attended church. Nice to know that he includes time to thank God for his many blessings. Joe Sartoris Lomita