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Preview: Seeds of transformation: effects of the apostolic visitation

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I still remember the shock I felt when reading an email that was forwarded to me on Jan. 30, 2009. I was the president of my community at the time. The email reported that a press release announcing the apostolic visitation of communities of women religious in the U.S. had just been issued. I didn't really know for certain what an apostolic visitation was or the ramifications of this announcement, but I sensed it was an ominous message.

Demonstrators nationwide expose the deep problem of justice in the US

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I want to thank the demonstrators -- in Ferguson, Mo., New York, and nationwide -- for exposing a deep problem of justice that has plagued our nation for too long. For years, I had heard stories of police misconduct in African-American communities, and I believed them. But nothing brought home the gravity of the problem like these protests. To those who have marched for months: Thank you!

Texas Catholics ask Texas governor to stop exeuction of mentally ill prisoner

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Updated 11 a.m. central time: The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans has halted the execution of a Texas death row inmate with a history of schizophrenia, just hours before he was to be put to death in Huntsville. Read more: Federal Appeals Court Issues Stay For Panetti

Indiscriminate juvenile shackling, like putting kids 'in the stocks'

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It is a form of “public shaming,” like “putting people in the stocks” as the “Puritans used to do.” Only Puritans “at least had to prove to their satisfaction that the person had done something wrong.”

“What we’re doing to kids is worse than that.” We shame them at “detention hearings, during their trial — in all proceedings.”

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