• Plea to the pontiff

    Rachel Zoll 

    AP Religion Writer

    NEW YORK - Priests, nuns and canon lawyers who advocate for molestation victims urged Pope Francis this week to use the new Vatican tribunal he formed on negligent bishops to investigate the archbishop of Newark, New Jersey, who has long been accused of sheltering abusive priests.

  • Grace Notes: Answers to those questions gargoyles ask

    The other day I got a letter from a Mark Gould of Southampton, New Jersey.
    He had just finished reading my book “Prayers God Always Answers” and he had some questions for me. He said, “I do like to question authors, more kindly now than in the past — once a gargoyle, not always one.”
    That intrigued me, that he described himself as a former gargoyle. (For those unfamiliar with gargoyles, they’re creepy, scary, mythological creatures that you can find on some really old buildings. They’re used to divert water and sometimes water spits out of their mouths.)

  • All in the family: Pair serve together as co-pastors

    BUSHNELL - In 2009, Theresa Vokey found herself wondering about the direction of her life. 

    She worked at Crystal River High School as an aide in the special education department, surrounded by kids, whom she loved. 

  • Grace Notes: How far will our love go?

    Years ago, my granddaughter Caroline couldn’t be trusted to not make a run for it in a crowd.

    As a toddler, she was notorious for breaking loose from my daughter’s grasp and taking off running. She was also fearless and overly friendly when it came to approaching strangers and, if given the chance, would follow anyone anywhere, especially if offered candy or a puppy or a sip of Diet Coke.

  • Clarifying connections

    In approaching a clearing where the canopy was thinner, giant stalks of sugarcane swayed in the breeze. Fong spotted the heads of a long line of elephants off in the distance, their giant ears flapping in the wind. And as she looked up at the sky, a family of pterodactyls soared overhead. Fong breathed a deep sigh of satisfaction. — excerpt from “Early Earth: Coming Out of Darkness” by B.A. Norman (WestBow Press) 


  • Grace Notes: Face truth about lying: We’re all guilty

    I don’t know about you, but I hate being lied to.

    A few weeks ago we drove to Tampa, which is about 70 miles from where we live. That same day, we needed to go to Port Charlotte, which is south of Tampa.

    How far south, you ask?

    Well, according to the “distance between two cities” online calculator I used, Port Charlotte is 70 miles south of Tampa.

    Except the calculator lied.

  • The modern family circle

    Nicole Winfield

    Associated Press

  • Grace Notes: The ‘free’ stuff always comes with a cost

    I love free stuff.

    When we lived in California we lived near scads of big- box warehouse stores that always gave away free samples. Sometimes, if you got there on the right day at the right time, you could eat enough free samples and be too full to eat lunch or dinner when you got home.

    I wasn’t thinking of free stuff a few Sundays ago when I stopped at a little Pentecostal church I had never visited before, even though I’ve talked to the pastor many times.

  • Pope urges revolution to save Earth

    Associated Press 

  • Grace Notes: The law fulfilled for us

    Editor’s note: Nancy Kennedy is taking a break from her weekly column this week. This is one of her favorite columns from 2005.


    My friend Mike loves kitschy stuff and he loves God. So, anything that combines kitsch and God is a slice of heaven to him.