Most of us in St. Louis worry about how the community will respond to the grand jury's decision on the indictment of Officer Darren Wilson*. Some of the members of Ferguson's Don't Shoot Coalition have begun offering lessons in nonviolent direct action to the community. Staff from the Organization for Black Struggle, Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment, Veterans for Peace, and Jobs with Justice in particular have provided training in marching and keeping vigil.
A Catholic Korean group in Seoul this week gathered to give family members of victims in April’s Sewol ferry sinking a list of 130,936 signatures calling for an investigation into the disaster.
The signatures, which were handed over by the group Catholic Council for Investigating the Sewol, were collected from priests, monks, nuns, and congregants over the past three weeks.
More than 1,300 people are heading to the Ignatian Family Teach-In for Justice (IFTJ) this weekend in D.C. The three-day event coincides with the 25th anniversary of the murders of six Jesuit priests and two laywomen, killed in El Salvador on Nov. 16, 1989, by US-trained and funded Salvadoran military for their defense of the economically poor.
Everybody loves potluck parties. Each person brings a dish to share, and the result is a feast! But we all know the guy who brings the measly bag of chips to the potluck. Nobody likes that guy, especially when you know that guy has a well-stocked pantry at home.
I am totally stealing this blog entry from Fr. James Martin’s Twitter feed. It is so right on, I hope Martin, the Jesuit priest and social media guru, doesn’t mind my theft.
NCR Today: U.S. bishops and Pope Francis; climate change -- our last chance to get it right; the link between poverty and hunger; landing on a comet.
The second day of the U.S. bishops' annual fall meeting in Baltimore saw a number elections held, among the most important being those for conference secretary and chair of the Committee on Communications.
In a close vote for conference secretary, Archbishop Gregory Aymond of New Orleans beat out Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, 52 percent to 48 percent. Aymond will take office in November 2015.
A decade ago, "In Good Conscience: Sister Jeannine Gramick's Journey of Faith" premiered at Lincoln Center's Independents Night in New York City. The film chronicles Gramick's journey from quiet nun to groundbreaking advocate and minister to the Catholic gay and lesbian community, and it explores her response to her silencing by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger.
What does the guy responsible for some of the most blush-inducing comedy scenes over the past 20 years and a Jesuit priest have in common? More than you'd think. The IN Network's Jesuit Fr. Radmar Jao sat down with director Peter Farrelly ("Dumb and Dumber," "There's Something About Mary") to talk about something he probably won't be discussing this week while promoting "Dumb and Dumber To": his spirituality.
Commentary: You might think with Pope Francis making economic justice a centerpiece of his papacy that U.S. bishops would address extreme income inequality. Not so much.