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"I'm Spiritual But Not Religious"

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Yesterday, in discussing the Public Religion Research Institute's new American Values Survey, I noted that those who find religion uninteresting bore me - religion is many things, but never boring. I also noted that those who claim to be "spiritual but not religious" are prone to a certain solipsism. I had in mind, as I wrote those words, a commentary at "Interfaith Voices" with the Rev. Lillian Denn, senior minister at the First Congregational Church, UCC, in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. I wasn't able to locate the link to the audio yesterday but have now found it and highly commend listening.

"God's Economy" - A Review

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Twice this year, I have had the pleasure of reading a book that is so compelling, so smart, and so important to the issues of the day, that I want to urge readers to rush out and buy it right this second. The first was Brad Gregory’s “The Unintended Reformation,” and now I add Lew Daly’s “God’s Economy: Faith-Based Initiatives & the Caring State.” This book was published in 2009 and, for some reason, was only brought to my attention this summer. I am embarrassed that I had not read it before.

The Missing Name

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Looking at the list of new cardinals, there was one name that seemed especially conspicuous in its absence - the new head of the CDF, Archbishop Muller. Maybe Pope Benedict wanted the headline he is already getting - no Europeans - but this strikes me as very strange. Muller occupies an influential and important post, but in the world of curial politics, it matters whether you are wearing red or magenta.

Mitt Romney's Latest Brazen Lie

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Mitt Romney’s campaign sent the letter below to his Catholic supporters. Funny he did not mention that he COMPLETELY backed off his previous support for the Blunt Amendment during the second debate. I am sorry but I have come to the conclusion that even by the low bar standards for veracity that we expect from politicians, Mr. Romney is just a really brazen liar. And, as Bishops Morlino, and Paprocki have reminded us, we can’t vote for an intrinsic evil, and lying is an intrinsic evil.

Here is the text of the letter:

Friend,

Forget Not the Poor

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Recently, Catholic University's Institute for Policy Research & Catholic Studies partnered with the American Jewish Committee to sponsor a symposium on poverty. I linked previously to Melinda Henneberger's column in the Washington Post that discusses the event, and NCR's own Jerry Filteau will have a fuller report on the symposium in the near future. But, IPRCS, where I am a visiting fellow, has now posted some videos of the symposium.

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