The world would be a better place if its major religions could learn to laugh at themselves

Pat Cunningham

One of my favorite episodes of the old situation comedy “Cheers” is the one in which the bartender Woody has a falling out with his wife Kelly when they discover that their religious roots are in different Lutheran synods.

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This episode came to mind when I heard a panel discussion on TV in the wake of the recent election of a new pope. One of the participants, making the point that religious differences sometimes are pretty silly, mentioned the so-called Great Schism of a thousand years ago in which ...

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