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" It's no badge of honor to subscribe to conventional morality or conventional wisdom.
" Christians are called to be counter-cultural -- more in solidarity with those we associate with pimps than with popes.
" For "Americans" this means discounting middle class morality and (white) "family values" as criteria of faith.
" According to Jesus, by itself such conformity actually excludes one from participation in God's promised future.
" Instead authentic faith means living a life of solidarity with the poor -- making their issues our own.
" Hence Christians should be in the forefront of movements on behalf of the poor.
" For example, rather than joining "devout Catholics" like Paul Ryan in leading crusades to cut back food stamp programs, we should be applying pressure to expand them.
" The same holds true for public housing, Medicaid, Social Security, and voting rights.

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Mike Rivage-Seul is a liberation theologian and former Roman Catholic priest. Recently retired, he taught at Berea College in Kentucky for 36 years where he directed Berea's Peace and Social Justice Studies Program.Mike blogs (more...)

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I think Pope Bergoglio is trying to teach us about... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 6:00:03 AM
Yes...what does God really want? I think our inter... by molly cruz on Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 12:03:28 PM
Thanks for helping us think about this, Molly. Per... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 10:00:45 PM
    God let me down by failing to exist,... by Ralph Demers on Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 12:13:18 PM
It could be like the old Lao Tzu thing --"Last nig... by Charles Roll on Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 4:30:36 PM
Yes, Charles, you're gesturing towards the fundame... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 10:04:36 PM
Ralph, I think I might agree with you. That is, th... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 9:54:50 PM
Thank you for that well phrased  argument tha... by Archie on Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 1:32:42 PM
I think that Jesus in his day was a great comedian... by Charles Roll on Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 4:26:20 PM
Thanks, Charles for the elaboration about the Sadd... by Mike Rivage-Seul on Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 10:07:42 PM
 He hasn't lost it either. Having noted a pec... by molly cruz on Sunday, Oct 27, 2013 at 11:32:17 PM
But if God is actually Wit, this story takes on a ... by molly cruz on Sunday, Dec 1, 2013 at 1:15:45 PM