Entries by Robert Shine, Associate Editor

After Australia Passes Marriage Equality, Priest Says He Would Be Glad to Marry Gay Couples

A week ago, Australian legislators passed a marriage equality law following the nation’s non-binding postal survey this fall and years of debate. A Catholic priest has since expressed his desire to celebrate a same-gender couple’s wedding amid more muted reactions from church leaders.

On Being a Hero: Reflections for the Second Sunday of Advent

This Sunday, we’re asked to think about John the Baptist. And before Jesus was the Jesus of Nazareth whom we know and love—the one who exorcises demons, the one who heals people, the one who walks on water—Jesus was a person like you and me. Indeed, Jesus was a disciple; Jesus was an eager sidekick. And Jesus’s hero was John.