On Oct. 11, the Ferguson protesters held a march in downtown St. Louis as part of a four-day protest weekend, Ferguson October. I worked as a peacekeeper during the march -- or, in current parlance, a "de-escalator." It wasn't our job to persuade people not to be angry, but to discourage debates with hecklers or among marchers whose chants demonstrated philosophical differences. For example, one chant I'd heard a day earlier in front of the prosecutor's office called for the death of a police officer.
NCR Today: World Series update (Go Royals!); Synod update -- single parents get single sentence; Federal judge upholds PR's gay marriage ban.
A lot. First, Spokane's bishop, Blase Cupich, will be installed the new archbishop of Chicago on Nov. 18. Now the students of the Jesuit university in Spokane, Gonzaga, have participated in the selection process for this year's Opus Prize, the $1 million annual faith-based humanitarian award.
NCR Today: Still trying to figure out this synod thing; open enrollment for Obamacare approaches -- and nobody knows; NCR seminar on Pope Francis.
On Nov. 1, NCR will co-host a one-day seminar with Rockhurst University, in Kansas City, Mo.. “Pope Francis: Becoming a Church of Mercy” is a day of discussions on the global impact of Francis’ papacy.
The event takes place on the Rockhurst campus. Speakers include Rockhurst president Fr. Tom Curran and Rockhurst theology faculty and yours truly along with NCR Vatican correspondent Josh McElwee and NCR senior analyst Fr. Tom Reese. NCR CEO/president Caitlin Hendel will moderate a panel.
Politics are dirty. Our country is founded upon the values, aspirations and hard work of "we the people." Yet too often, our voices are drowned out by the big money of corporations, political action committees, and campaign donors. To overcome this distortion of democracy, all who are able must vote.
The Nov. 4 midterm elections will determine which party will have the majority in Congress. These legislators will be charged with crafting federal legislation on anything from immigration to taxes to the environment for the next two to six years.
Will you vote?
Oscar de la Renta, whose designs have been worn by first ladies and leading actresses of the day, died Monday in his home in Kent, Conn. He suffered from cancer over the past 10 years. The New York Times story can be found here.
NCR Today: Boko Haram agrees to cease-fire; laying down new cornerstones in Detroit; suspended Jesuit named in Hiaiti sexual abuse lawsuit.
The "Catholic Tipping Point" tour is back. This year, the tour will feature Redemptorist Fr. Tony Flannery, who has questioned church teaching on celibacy, homosexuality, and ordination of women.
Francis will make the trip at the request of the Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I and the Turkish bishops.