from text of a Video Message of the Holy Father on the occasion of the Fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements (EMMP) (16 October 2021) | Francis

You are, as I said in the letter I sent you last year, a veritable invisible army; you are a fundamental part of that humanity that fights for life against a system of death. In this engagement I see the Lord who makes Himself present in our midst, to give to us His Kingdom as a gift. When He offered us the standard by which we will be judged (cf. Mt 25: 31-46), Jesus told us that salvation consists in taking care of the hungry, the sick, prisoners, foreigners; in short, in recognizing Him and serving Him in all suffering humanity. That is why I wish to say to you: “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied” (Mt 5: 6), “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God” (Mt 5: 9). We want this beatitude to expand, to permeate and anoint every corner and every space where life is threatened. But it happens to us as people, as communities, as families and even individually, that we have to face situations that paralyze us, where the horizon disappears and bewilderment, fear, powerlessness and injustice seem to take over the present. We also experience resistance to the changes we need and long for, many forms of resistance that run deep, that are rooted beyond our strength and decisions. They are what the Social Teaching of the Church calls structures of sin; these too we are called to change, and we cannot overlook them in the moment of thinking of how to act. Personal change is necessary, but it is also indispensable to adjust our socio-economic models so that they have a human face, because many models have lost it. And thinking about these situations, I make a pest of myself with my questions. And I go on asking. And I ask everyone in the name of God.

Source: Video Message of the Holy Father on the occasion of the Fourth World Meeting of Popular Movements (EMMP) (16 October 2021) | Francis

“He Will Face Justice”: Steve Schmidt says MAGA’s Bannon in Legal Peril – YouTube

“We have a large segment of the country that has opted out of reality and the numbers too high, and we have to deal with the problem and get as many of them back to the reality side of the line over time. But right now a majority of the country is in fact not insane and we watched it play out, we watched Trump incite it, we watched Trump lie about the results of the election, we watched Republicans after it– condemn it–before they forgot it, and before they became complicit in the white washing, I mean what you saw was a fascist mob replete with extremist groups– storm and murder in the Capital of the United States– defecating in the hallways of the temples of democracy–urinating on the walls, carrying the confederate flag through  the rotunda,  ending [this country’s history of] the  peaceful transition of power — we now know  that there was a plan,  there is a memo, there were meetings in  the oval office around that memo: for the American president to deny the result of  the freest and fairest election in  American history and try to become a  dictator. That’s what happened. It couldn’t be more serious.”

Steve Schmidt

Should Christians Dump Darwin? | Ted Peters

Should Christians dump Darwin? No. There is no war between faith and science, but the Christian faith is still losing. Here’s why. Science is intelligible. Faith is not intelligible. The puddles surrounding faith’s relation to science are muddy. Or so it appears. Let’s see if we can clear up some mud.

Source: Should Christians Dump Darwin? | Ted Peters

October 11, 2021 – by Heather Cox Richardson – Letters from an American

Journalist Will Bunch wrote: “The future of American democracy depends, frankly, on whether journalists stop burying their head in ‘the work’ of balanced-but-misleading reporting and admit that, yes, actually, we are at war.”

Source: October 11, 2021 – by Heather Cox Richardson – Letters from an American

Noah and his Children: Bad News for White Evangelical Christians | Vance Morgan

By establishing an unholy alliance with people and values entirely contrary to what they claim their own moral and religious commitments to be, white evangelicalism has shown itself to be an emperor with no clothes.

Source: Noah and his Children: Bad News for White Evangelical Christians | Vance Morgan