SCLEROTIC [skli-ROT-ik]: hardened, blocking


Most of us are familiar with the term sclerosis as it is used in the medical sense.  It refers to organs which harden and become less effective or even ineffective.  There are various causes for such conditions, and most of the results are damaging and of a serious nature. Sclerosis is a word which comes […]

FORGIVENESS: the intentional and voluntary process by which a victim undergoes a change in feelings and attitude regarding an offense, lets go of negative emotions such as vengefulness, with an increased ability to wish the offender well.


This past week Pope Francis met with victims of sex abuse in the Roman Catholic Church and begged forgiveness for the acts undertaken against them.   It was reported throughout the world, with various responses in the press.  Some hailed it as a key moment in the history of the Roman Catholic Church.  Others said it […]

PROVENANCE [PROV-uh-nuhns] :the place of origin, particularlly as in ancient items or art work

The arrival on the scene of a scrap of papyrus with words about Jesus of Nazareth caused a stir over the past few weeks.   It appears that the ancient items, dating back to about 300 a.d., mentions women in a way that is unique to Christian literature.   One phrase even suggests that Jesus was married; […]

IMPRIMATUR: [im-pri-MAH-ter] to give one’s approval, approved to be printed

When the word imprimatur is used, it is natural for one’s mind to shift to the Roman Catholic Church, where the Church’s imprimatur is required in order for a book or document to be printed claiming to be authoritative.    It is a word that comes from the Latin (duh!) and means “approval to be printed.” […]

EPISCOPALIAN/ROMAN CATHOLICS: apples and oranges in flowing robes

The New York Times reports today that the Vatican has created a new form of Roman Catholic diocese to house disaffected Episcopalians and Anglicans who want to become members of the Roman Catholic Church.  There are some conditions which prevail, but for the most part those Episcopalians who are so unhappy that the Church has […]