NCR Today: Chicago clears cleric of abuse allegations; St. Paul-Minneapolis settles abuse case; Francis' real reform agenda; haircuts in Reno, Nev.; Ferguson, Mo., update.
The LCWR assembly has come and gone without any apparent change in the status quo in the scrape between itself and the Vatican. The hard talk was presumably reserved for the closed sessions. Theoretically this permits a more open discussion but it's usually at the cost of further diminishing honest confrontation. In similar settings I've observed, secrecy has rarely emboldened truth-telling but itself induces another layer of fear. But I don't know what happened behind the LCWR closed doors.
Last think I did before leaving Seoul today was visit Kim Young-oh, the Hyundai plant assembly line worker who was in the 38th day of a fast aimed at forcing an official independent government-sponsored investigation into the sinking of the ferry boat, Sewol, which took the lives of 306 Koreans last April. Kim lost his 17-year-old daughter, and he says he will fast until Parliament passes the legislation the families of the ferry victims’ want.
Protesters of militarism and social injustice, take heart!
Pope Francis likes you and knows your valued efforts are “difficult work.”
Or so, he said, to four fellow Jesuits when he stopped by their residence in Seoul last week for an hour of recreation away from the admiring crowds.
I don't know about you, but I have been deeply troubled by what seems to be an unraveling of the world around us in so many different hot spots.
Just to name a few:
1. The escalation of violence in Ukraine, including the shooting down of a passenger airline with the loss of all passengers on board
2. The continuing loss of life and violence in Gaza and Israel
I want to consider three things in this blog: first, the harm that has been done; second, our white gaze; and third, nonviolent direct action.
In the reports I have been filing from Seoul this past week I’ve written several times of the fissions in the South Korean society. They’ve come about, people here say, as old Confucian notions, which prize community and structure, have come under assault by modern economic growth and the pressures that have come from this growth.
NCR Today: St. Louis archbishop extols peacemaking efforts; Australia royal commission on abuse continues; women religious of East Africa meet.
The ouster of gay employees at churches is causing a lot more trouble than church officials expected. Recently, instances of protest have been reported somewhere in the country almost weekly. On Aug. 15, the Chicago Tribune ran a front-page story that continued for almost a full page inside on one situation.
George Conger writes a somewhat critical piece about Pope Francis' interviews since his election.