Check Your Sources: The Scripture

By Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

References to “fake news” and “alternative facts” have littered real news and social media sites for months.

Where is truth? What is truth?

I have been pondering the oxymoron, “alternative facts,” ever since Kellyanne Conway dubbed the phrase in January on Meet the Press in her defense of the White House’s false statement about attendance numbers at Donald Trump’s inauguration.

Clarity eluded me until Ash Wednesday when I had the privilege of helping distribute ashes and saying to each person, “Repent and believe in the Gospel.”

From the perspective of a Catholic,

Flags Aside, Focus on the Shooting Victims

By Sr. Regina Siegfried, ASC

The shootings in Charleston, S.C., were a natural discussion topic of our Touchy Topics Tuesday group. As is our wont, the conversation spiraled, swirled, and detoured to brief history lessons on the Civil War and Confederate flag, and shades of black skin and how lighter colors are more valued.

As enlightening as the dialogue was, we seemed as sidetracked as the nation that now focuses on the need to get rid of the Confederate flag and what it has come to symbolize.

But the people killed in Mother Emmanuel Church in Charleston are the ones we should be focused on.