from Edward Hadas:

A tale of two half-centuries

By Edward Hadas
December 12, 2012

The future rarely turns out as expected. Imagine, for example, two sets of economic predictions for the half-century that began in 1962. The first, the Blind Guide, is written with only the knowledge available then. The second, the Retrospective Guide, is based on what actually happened.

German Catholic Church says most sex abuser priests psychologically normal

December 10, 2012

(Munich’s Catholic cathedral Frauenkirche (Church of Our Lady), 30 September 2012/Dguendel)

from Photographers' Blog:

Any color, as long as it’s blue

December 7, 2012

Wiesbaden, Germany

By Ralph Orlowski

It was a cold and blustery winter morning when I arrived at the warm and cozy gallery rooms of the Hesse Nassau Art Club in Wiesbaden to take pictures of the exhibition "Bourquoi". This was to be my third attempt to take photographs of viewers at the show. So far I had not been successful at finding any willing visitors. I wondered whether this could be because of the compulsory dress code. The title of the exhibition "Bourquoi" by Turkish-German artist Naneci Yurdaguel is a play on the two words ‘pourqui' -- the French word for 'why' – and “Burka”.

German churches and trade union both claim victory in strike case

November 21, 2012

(A sign reading ‘Arbeitsgerichte’ (Labour courts) is pictured in the late evening in Hamburg September 1, 2012. REUTERS/Morris Mac Matzen)

New Anglican head Welby mixes conflict resolution role with business skills

November 14, 2012

The Bishop of Durham, and the newly appointed Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, smiles during a news conference at Lambeth Palace in London November 9, 2012.  REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Chancellor Merkel urges German churches to agree on Luther anniversary

November 5, 2012

(Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks at a news conference at European Union (EU) leaders summit in Brussels October 19, 2012.  REUTERS/Yves Herman)

Strong Swiss franc forces Reformed church group out of Calvin’s city Geneva

November 5, 2012

Geneva, dominated by St. Peter’s Cathedral, 6 February 2007/Tom Purves)

The Swiss city of Geneva has a long history of affording refuge to religious dissenters, most notably the 16th-century reformer John Calvin, but the strong Swiss franc currency has made it hard on his followers.

German Catholics wary about major Luther festivities planned for 2017

October 31, 2012

Martin Luther, painted by Lucas Cranach the Elder, 1529

It’s rare to be invited to an event five years off and even rarer to bicker about its details, but Germany’s Catholic Church finds itself in that delicate situation thanks to an overture from its Protestant neighbors.

German Jewish leader deters anti-Semitic attack with gun

September 28, 2012

(Berlin’s New Synagogue, 21 April 2010/Sarah Ewart)

A leading member of Germany’s Jewish community had to point to a gun he was carrying to ward off a young man shouting anti-Semetic abuse, the latest in a string of racist incidents in Berlin that has shocked Jews and city authorities.

Top German court backs Catholic Church against religious tax opt-outs

September 26, 2012

(The Federal Administrative Court in Leipzig, Germany, 18 November 2011/Templemeister)