"I want to thank His Holiness Pope Francis, whose moral example shows us we should work for the world as it should be instead of accepting it as it is."
The Senate report recently released on enhanced interrogation techniques is the subject of considerable controversy.
I was originally against releasing this report. It documents actions carried out against terrorist detainees by the United States during the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
"Already traumatized from their journey, these families are very vulnerable and need care and support, not further emotional and psychological harm."
If cleanliness is next to godliness, Saint Patrick's Cathedral just scored some points with the big man upstairs.
The venerable house of worship unveiled a brighter new pressure-washed Fifth Avenue facade on Friday -- tearing down the scaffolding that masked it for more than two years.
Reactions Tuesday to the final report on the apostolic visitation to U.S. sisters generally were as positive as the report itself. Following is a sampling from major media:
You have to admit that Cardinal João Bráz de Aviz had a difficult task today. He reported on the visitation of U.S. communities of nuns that began in 2008.
Now, this "visitation" was not his idea or initiative. It was launched by order of archconservative Cardinal Franc Rodé, then in charge of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life. Rodé is still around and may have a few opinions about the result.
NCR Today: Vatican's report on sisters released; gay ministry meets San Francisco archbishop; carols restricted; Buffalo, N.Y., bishops address economic development.
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The Holy Land last week witnessed one more act of violence. The event accelerated the slide toward a complete breakdown of relations between Israelis and Palestinians and the start of a third intifada. In the tumultuous climate of today's Middle East, a Palestinian uprising would hold ominous repercussions for the region and the world, but most of all for the Palestinians themselves.
The torture report released by the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence offers descriptions of torture about as brutal as torture gets. And the responses of some commentators who voiced support for the use of the techniques described in the report are hard to fathom.