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Five nuns walk off teaching jobs after students receive LGBT organization's fliers


Last week, five nuns, teachers at Marin Catholic High School, walked off their jobs for the day after students brought in literature from an LGBT education organization.

The stickers and fliers were from GLSEN (Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network), a New York-based organization whose goal is to prevent bullying and harassment of sexual minority students in schools. April 17 was GLSEN's National Day of Silence, meant to bring attention to bullying of LGBT youth.

NCR's 2012 editorial calling on Bishop Finn to resign


Why did Bishop Finn resign? is a question I have been numerous times in the last 12 hours fielding questions from other media outlets and a few local Catholics. I can't answer that question definitively, because of the secrecy that cloaks these proceedings. But I can say why NCR called for his resignation in 2012 immediately after his conviction for failing to report suspected child abuse.

The inhumane treatment found in our prisons


I don't condone murder, but as a result of the sentencing of Aaron Hernández, the former professional football player, I've had some thoughts about the punishment that those convicted of murder in our society receive.

To begin with, I am against the death penalty. It is an immoral thing to do to take someone's life, even if that person murdered another person. But Hernández's sentence of life in prison I now think is also immoral under present prison conditions. Indeed, I would argue that it is a form of torture.

The Spoiled Victory of the LCWR


The virtual treaty that called an end to the Vatican's supervision of the LCWR has been generally hailed as a victory of the sisters' wisdom and perseverance over bad judgment and worse politics. I'd prefer to agree with that but don't. While it doesn't please me one bit to see this outcome as strengthening the status quo, I believe that's what it amounts to.


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