Category Archives: Social Justice

An Appeal to Pope Francis

AN APPEAL TO HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS THE WAY OF VIOLENCE IS DEATH This week rumors fly that you may “endorse” a military crusade against the people of Iraq and Syria. I pray that these rumors originate in the United … Continue reading

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The story is not over yet.

This battle is over. But the struggle continues and the story has more to come. I lost this election.  I received 497 votes, 39.6%.  Meg Salyer received 675 votes, 53.7%.  Dario Alverado received 84 votes, 6.7%. But. . . there’s … Continue reading

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Should Bob Waldrop run for Oklahoma City Council Ward 6?

Twenty-one years ago, I moved to Oklahoma City, to the neighborhood where I live now. These are exciting times to live in Oklahoma City, but we also face tremendous challenges. While many have prospered, others have been left behind. The … Continue reading

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Why we can’t trust conservative leaders when it comes to poverty.

Recently, an op ed piece in the Washington Times lauded the commitment of the Koch brothers to the poor.  It was authored by John and Carol Saeman,  who are wealthy Catholic philanthropists.  They proceeded to tell us that they also … Continue reading

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The blunt truth about the present situation.

For irrational reasons, I always experience a surge of hope just before elections. Somehow, I expect something magical to happen.  Maybe all the independents and minor party candidates will win — Congress would be MUCH more interesting and helpful and … Continue reading

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Hope and Despair.

Tomorrow is the last day of the first Novena of the summer Novena of Novenas for Justice, Peace, and Creation. During these nine days, we have prayed the Magnificat of Mary every night, as well as prayers to Dorothy Day … Continue reading

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100 years ago today, a century of war, bloodshed and agony began with the assassination of the Archduke Ferdinand.

  Today is a day fraught with many layers of meaning.  It is the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  We begin today our “Novena of Novenas for Justice, Peace, and Creation.”  And 100 years ago today, the assassination … Continue reading

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Public Ideological Masturbation at the Legislature

The Legislature has adjourned, thanks be to God.  The stench of its activities — and the wreckage of its inactivities — has been worse than usual.  There has been way too much Public Ideological Masturbation, and very little good governance. … Continue reading

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A Solitary Episcopal Witness — to the protection of all human life, including those in the way of the US imperial juggernaut.

Below is the text of an email I received from Fr. Emmanuel Charles McCarthy, an Eastern Rite Catholic priest who is a leading advocate for peace and like me, a critic of the poor response of the US Catholic Bishops … Continue reading

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Why Oklahoma is becoming such a miserable place to live.

Oklahoma is becoming an increasingly miserable place to live. I am increasingly of the opinion that the best way to help the poor in Oklahoma is to help them move to a different state. All it takes is a look … Continue reading

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