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Philomena; Solitary Confinement; Ash Wednesday

“Philomena,” an Oscar-nominated film based on the true story of an Irish Catholic woman forced to give up her son for adoption; the debate over the use of solitary confinement in American prisons; and the imposition of ashes on the streets of Washington, DC to observe Ash Wednesday.

  • Deborah

    Philomena has every right to condemn the church and what it did to her. I could not continue this faith and what it did to me. Then, raised as a Baptist, I left the Christian faith 40 years ago and became a Jew by Choice. I have no use for the fanatical right-wing who think they are so much holier than the rest of us. G-d does not work this way——–making a person live in sin (sin?) forever.

  • Yvonne

    How true. These holier than thou too often think everyone else is a sinner.
    The Catholic church has survived on the premise that if people are feeling very guilty on everything they do, or don’t do, they can get them to gravel to the church and to God for redemption. My father was one of these. He lived in constant fear that he would commit a sin and go to hell. He was so very afraid he’d sin without knowing it, that life was its own hell for him.