In a jarring sense of justice, in a country of contradictions, Salvadoran military officers who butchered thousands of infants and children walk free under an amnesty law, while Salvadoran women are imprisoned for suffering miscarriages and stillbirths.
I volunteer a couple of hours a week at a school for fifth- to eighth-grade girls, sponsored by seven sisters' communities. A few weeks back, I attended the big fundraiser dinner and auction.
Authors' note: This blog post is part two of a two-part series. Read part one: "A Middle Eastern House of Cards."
Great uncertainty hovers over discussions of the shape of the new order that will emerge from the violence and chaos sweeping through the Middle East today. The old order, unnaturally born from the Sykes-Picot Agreement 100 years ago, is coming to an end, dealt a death blow by the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, and alternative visions for the region have proved misguided.
The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops named three new members, all lawyers, to the National Review Board on Child and Youth Protection.
The appointees are:
NCR Today: Archbishop Blase Cupich's words to the graduates of Boston College; Cardinal Pell among those who moved an accused priest; and more.
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The fact of the matter is that working people deserve a higher minimum wage, and wages that go even higher, for their work.
One of the most dynamic and iconic leaders of the University of San Francisco, Jesuit Fr. John Lo Schiavo, 90, died May 15 at Regis Infirmary, Sacred Heart Jesuit Center, Los Gatos, Calif.
During his tenure as the school’s president, 1977-1991, Lo Schiavo shored up shaky finances, spearheaded capital improvement projects, oversaw acquisition of the current Lone Mountain campus, and helped initiate several programs of study.
In 2013, the school’s John J. Lo Schiavo SJ Center for Science and Innovation was dedicated.
According to a Crain's New York Business story, the Brooklyn diocese's Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services, a unit of the diocese's Catholic Charities that serves the developmentally disabled population, has lost $13 million since 2010. This deficit places the entire Catholic Charities organization at financial risk, according to the not-for-profit's chief financial officer.
"It is imperative the world move systematically and relentlessly toward nuclear disarmament," Bishop Oscar Cantu, chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on International Justice and Peace, wrote in a May 12 letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
"For most Americans, there is an assumption that the nuclear threat receded with the end of the Cold War," he wrote. "Unfortunately, nothing could be further from the truth."