Best Hope for Sensible Christianity New York 2005 - FATHER JULIO TORRES
In a country as tweaked on Talibanian ruh-li-gin as ours, FATHER JULIO TORRES gets an "amen." The El Salvadoran reverend of St. Mark's Church in-the-Bowery doesn't subject his flock to fear and brimstone but to Christian teachings conveyed in an inclusive manner. Warm, funny, and devout, he encourages discussion and interfaith awareness, Buddhism in particular. And he's also a husband and a father. For him, intellect and faith are not opposing values; they're binding principles.