NCR Today: Every innocent death, Israeli or Palestinian, is one too many. The world has gotten inured to Israeli tactics of disproportionate response to acts of violence.
NCR Today: Amid increased violence in Gaza, pope, UN call for cease-fire; Twin Cities archdiocese back in court today; Anglican women bishops; African bishops discuss family.
Nadine Gordimer, the Nobel Prize-winning author and activist who died this week in Johannesburg at the age of 90, once recalled a scene from her 1979 novel Burger's Daughter:
Sacred Heart Sr. Philomene Tiernan, who was on her way home from a European sabbatical, "was a beloved, wise and compassionate person loved by all."
The document from the International Theological Commission, " 'Sensus Fidei' in the Life of the Church," takes a long overdue look at what this sense of the faith is for the individual and for the larger church. Some of the insights of the nine theologian writers are most encouraging for progressive Catholics; others, not so much.
NCR Today: Harley-riding bishop hits the road; more dioceses welcome migrant children; summer book recommendations; Nashville's Catholic charismatics.
Q and A: The subject of tipped workers has received little attention in the minimum wage debate. The Economic Policy Institute's David Cooper makes a case for a raise.
NCR Today: Death penalty debate; Mexican bishop calls homophobes 'sick'; a map of child migrants; Ted Cruz defends Catholic church (thanks, Ted); nuns attacked in Bangladesh.
"For the random few for whom execution does become a reality, they will have languished for so long on Death Row that their execution will serve no retributive or deterrent purpose."
I'm in Washington, D.C., on a lobbying trip with the Loretto Community, planned six months ago. We identified seven issues, invited members to come along, wrote fact sheets and prayers, and, eight weeks ago, began praying and writing to Congress, one issue a week. We set the date as best we could, looking at our community calendar and our own lives. But privately, we all thought Congress might even have gone home. Surely we would slog away in July heat, saying the same-old, same-old to bored staff.