Writings by Cole Huffman

One Apple, Two Deficits

You’ve heard it said: “There are three problems with this”—whatever this is—or, “Two issues with that”—whatever that is. We make such lists all the time because there are plenty of problems and issues with most anything in a fallen world. None of us are usually exhaustive in chronicling the problems or issues we see in this or that . But exhaustiveness is not really the burden of proof in assessment. Accuracy is. I suggest two primary deficits in the church’s witness today, or how... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Feb 19
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Benefit of the Doubt

With news of Pope Benedict XVI’s abdication today, my participation in a Catholic wedding over the weekend, and having the human need for mercy much on my mind of late, I ponder again the movie Doubt . The setting is a Bronx Catholic school. It’s 1964. The jovial parish priest, Father Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman), also coaches the boys’ basketball team. Sister Aloysius (Meryl Streep) is the school principal who runs her charge with the glee of a Pharisee.  Sister Aloysius comes to... Read More
Posted by Cole Huffman at Feb 11
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