David Herrera joined Religion News Service in 2011. He worked previously as a Web Assistant with the Religion Newswriters Association and as a Web Producer at the Detroit Free Press. He holds an M.A. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a B.S. from Bowling Green (Ohio) State University.
“They keep telling me to go slow and take my time, which is a very good reminder for me. It’s not only good physical advice for healthy recovery but also spiritual counsel for those of us who sometimes tell time by how much we hope we are changing the world.”
— Sojourners CEO Jim Wallis on his doctors’ advice after recently having major surgery for prostate cancer.
“I open the doors of this municipality to God as the ultimate authority … Lord Jesus Christ, welcome to Monterrey, the house that we have built. This is your home Lord Jesus, Lord of Monterrey.”
— Mayor Alicia Margarita Arellanes Cervantes of Monterey, Mexico, in a speech to dedicate the city to Jesus. She was quoted by the International Herald Tribune.
“It is not surprising that our shepherds fall short of the high standards of the Christian Faith. It is surprising that they don’t even rise to the low standards of the secular world.” — Catholic blogger Kevin O’Brien, writing about the scandal involving an accused Catholic priest who was allowed continued access to children despite a lifetime ban agreed to by prosecutors and Newark Archbishop John Myers
“I said, ‘We agree to disagree,’ and he said ‘No, I’m right and you’re wrong.'”
— Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler, rehashing a conversation he had with the pastor of a Wisconsin church that canceled his upcoming appearance because Butler tweeted in support of NBA player Jason Collins, who came out as gay. He was quoted by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
“I feel honored to belong to the long list of people who have been murdered and burned alive for thinking and searching for knowledge.” — Roberto Francisco Daniel, a Catholic priest who was ex-communicated for advocating homosexuality, open marriage and other “grave statements counter to the dogma of the Catholic faith and morality.” He was quoted by the Reuters news agency.
More than 100 Roman Catholic cardinals will gather in the Sistine Chapel in March. One will emerge as pope. Who will it be? The “Sweet Sistine” is our guess at the top candidates from each continent. First-round voting closes at midnight Eastern on Friday.