Joe Manchin, the courageous Democratic senator from West Virginia, has not given up on his efforts to pass legislation expanding background checks on gun purchases. In an interview with Fox News' Chris Wallace, he said he absolutely intends to bring the legislation up again.
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In his extensive report on Cardinal Roger Mahony's reaction to the John Jay College's proposed 2003 study of child abuse by priests in the United States, Tom Roberts cited newly released letters showing the cardinal's vigorous efforts to disparage the John Jay College and scuttle the study.
Following is a letter Fr. Connell sent today to CDF after hearing from the spokesman for the Archdiocese of Newark
April 30, 2013
Archbishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller
Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith
Vatican City State
Dear Archbishop Müller,
NCR Today: Jorge Mario Bergoglio wrote that he was suspicious of "pretend" Catholics, public figures looking for a photo op at the communion rail.
NCR Today: The priest sent the letter to Archbishop Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
A brilliant piece by Dan Zak in today's Washington Post, "The prophets of Oak Ridge," recounts in exquisite detail the saga of three peace activists, "A drifter, an 82-year-old nun and a house painter" who breached what was supposed to be one of the of the most secure nuclear weapons facility in the United States. The story is extraordinary for the depth of its reporting, which is layered with history, nuance, the kind of difficult paradoxes that inevitably emerge from such actions and his sympathetic depictions of the humans on all sides of this issue.
NCR Today: More news from Newark, N.J.; Cleveland's Lennon to meet with 'dissidents'; Justice O'Connor: Bush v. Gore a mistake?
There are two sides to hospitality. The one we are most familiar with is our call to open wide our arms and doors to others, to welcome both friends and strangers. The other side is to freely receive hospitality, to allow ourselves to be welcomed by another. Sometimes, this latter form of hospitality is the more difficult.
The Supreme Court will not consider a case involving the harboring provision in Alabama's immigration law.
In 2011, Alabama passed an immigration enforcement law that, among other things, made it illegal to harbor people not authorized to live in the United States. The United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit upheld injunctions against the provision in August 2012, saying it infringed on federal law, according to Reuters.
On Thursday, I had the honor to speak at the funeral Mass of Sal Castro. Castro, as I wrote in my last blog, was a major historical figure who inspired his Chicano students in the East Los Angeles public schools to stage a massive student strike for one week in March 1968. This strike came to be known as the "blowouts," or walkouts, and were a seminal moment in the history of the Chicano Movement of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the largest and most widespread civil rights and empowerment movement by Mexican Americans in U.S.