Who was Mary Magdalene Really? Part Two

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A recap: Scene in a cafe. I am waiting for the barista to make my daily flat white when her friend arrives to say “hi.” Barista and I have been chatting about Mary Magdalene and “fake news.” Barista to friend: … Read More

Who Framed Mary Magdalene? Part One

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  WHO FRAMED MARY MAGDALENE? Twenty-one years ago, even without the question mark, a former editor of U.S. Catholic (vol 65 #4), Heidi Schlumpf, put it bluntly. Mary Magdalene has been framed. That’s quite a charge, given the ubiquity and … Read More

The Woman With the Alabaster Jar

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Kassia A comely  woman’s face, her eyebrows arched and eyes heavy-lidded and red mouth succulent, glances sideways from within a mosaic fragment on the cover of the CD. The disc is titled “Kassia”, and records Byzantine hymns from “the first … Read More

My Man Paul part one

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I was a flaming young feminist and I hated St. Paul. I had never read him but no matter: the sisterhood excoriated him and his ilk – men of the Church who, from its beginnings, loathed women – and that … Read More

Moscow Be Gone!

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If that sounds political, it is. But when it comes to a Ukrainian Orthodox Church anywhere in the world, the political is also cultural and spiritual – and personal, as in my case. August 9-12, 2018, in Saskatoon SK, I … Read More

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