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Prayers for Peace


The Archdiocese of Washington released two short videos of recent prayers for peace in the Mideast. The first video is from a Mass at St. Matthew's Cathedral, with excerpts from Cardinal Donald Wuerl's remarks. The second is from an Interfaith Service at the St. Pope John Paul II Shrine. We should never undervalue the importance of prayer, indeed, in the face of the multi-faceted challenges in that troubled region, and the manifestations of such violence and evil, prayer may be the only option.  



RC Schools and Social Capital


Nicole Garnett and Margaret Brinig will be coming to Washington to discuss their important new book, Lost Classroom, Lost Community, September 17, 2014, at the Metropolitan Club, 1700 H Street, NW at 6 p.m. For more information, contact Notre Dame's ACE program at 

I reviewed this important book here.

Garnett and Brinig will do another such event the following night at the University of Pennsylvania's Newman Center at 5:30. 


Synod on the Family, Part III


Continuing my curtain raisers for the Synod on the Family, now we come to what I suspect will be the thorniest issue facing the synod, an assessment of the Church’s pastoral practice regarding those Catholics who have divorced and remarried. Already, the lines have been drawn, with Cardinal Kasper calling for different approaches and others insisting that nothing, absolutely nothing, can change.

Synod on the Family, Part II


One of the hot button issues that is sure to provoke controversy at, and after, the Synod on the Family is the Church’s teaching and pastoral practice regarding gays and lesbians. It is a difficult and complicated issue to be sure, and different cultures deal with homosexuality in vastly different ways. In what follows, I will address only the situation of the Church in the West.

Kudos to EWTN


Last night, on "EWTN News Nightly," they ran a segment for Labor Day that highlighted, not just the Church's commitment to the dignity of work, but also the Church's historic support for organized labor. They even interviewed a woman from the American Federation of Teachers, not my favorite union, but nonetheless it was refreshing to see such a person on EWTN. Much of the broadcasting at EWTN strikes me as tendentious, but they deserve kudos for not ducking or downplaying the Church's commitment to labor. 


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