I don’t recall why, but I was in the front row as Cardinal Joseph Bernadin delivered his “Seamless Garment” speech at Fordham in 1983. Looking back, it was an extraordinary event, as he voiced clear opposition to abortion, nuclear weapons, and the death penalty.
The Celtic cross on the beer bottle caught my eye. The full label depicted a witch burning.
No one is complaining about the cross, only about the witch.
The witch-burning label caught the eye of Vicki Noble, co-author of the “Motherpeace Tarot Deck” and publisher of the journal Snakepower. Well known among Wiccans as an expert in goddess spirituality, astrology and shamanic healing, Noble began an e-campaign challenging the label.
I don’t think I actually ever knew a “Mattress Queen” when I was in college, but I certainly heard the rumors. That was before the “Duke ‘F’ List” (this is a family newspaper), which chronicles the adventures of one Karen F. Owen, who apparently sampled the wares of thirteen Duke University lacrosse and baseball players.
It’s not too much to say when NCR asked me to write in its pages I nearly hurt myself jumping at the chance. I grew up with NCR’s light shining on the issues -- especially the Catholic issues -- of the day. Now I am in the august company of writers I’ve read for ages -- Eugene Kennedy, Joan Chittister, Richard McBrien -- along with newer, younger voices in Catholic commentary.
I was always told that you’re not supposed to discuss religion or politics in polite company. That was before gay marriage became the item du jour.
Polls indicate about half the US population favors legal protections for same-sex couples. Gay marriage is another story. Not so many support it.
NEW YORK -- Andrew Kelly was driving drunk the night his Jeep hit Vionique Valnord-Kassime in Brooklyn about a year ago. She was trying to hail a cab. He was speeding by.
She died. He lived.
Last spring, two knock-down, drag-out academic fights made the news. At the University of Illinois, a part-time religion professor lost his job for presenting Catholic teaching on homosexuality. At Catholic Seton Hall University in New Jersey, a tenured political science professor raised hackles for proposing a course on gay marriage.
NEW YORK -- Who could be against Mother Teresa?
It's a good question, and one that New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan asked after the Empire State Building refused to light its spire in Teresa's signature blue and white to honor the 100th anniversary of her birth on Aug. 26.