David DeCosse has written an article that sheds significant light on the U.S. Catholic bishops' fight against contraception and its inclusion in the administration's new health care law. He explains how the bishops are utilizing an outdated notion of religious freedom that fails to consider the individual's right to freedom of conscience.
I am delighted to see that the name of our professional football team in Washington, D.C., is being challenged once again for its use of racist terminology. I've been in favor of changing the name for as long as I can remember. You may have guessed it: that team is the Washington Redskins.
"War of the Worlds," PBS American Experience
9 p.m. Eastern time Tuesday (Check local listings)
In 1938, Americans might let their car payments go or give up their telephones, but 80 percent of American homes had a radio. Listeners tuned in for entertainment but became used to the edgy intrusion of news bulletins with bad news interrupting programming.
Here's a bit of uplifting news: Ten days ago, Washington D.C. -- a city best known these days for small-mindedness and political dysfunction – served as the setting for yet another chapter in the fight to achieve just and humane treatment for Guantanamo Bay prison detainees.
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The archbishop of Goa, India, has announced the dates of the once-a-decade exposition of the relics of Jesuit missionary super-saint Francis Xavier: Nov. 22, 2014, to Jan. 4, 2015.
Some 2.5 million pilgrims of a variety of religious traditions venerated the relics 10 years ago. The hope has been that Pope Francis will be among the visitors next year. Francis has suggested he may visit Sri Lanka next year, but there has been no word about his visiting Goa.
Last week, I attended a screening of the Robert Reich documentary "Inequality for All." It's a great movie.
The fact is that the income gap between the rich and the poor in the United States is as big as it was in 1929 -- and growing. Reich says this is bad for the economy because 70 percent of economic growth is driven by consumer consumption. When middle-class wages fall, consumption lessens, taxes drop, investment in education and infrastructure lags, and we fall into recession or worse. It's a vicious cycle.
I wanted to briefly focus the attention of NCR readers on the latest tragic shooting that took place in a Nevada middle school.
A 12-year-old boy killed a teacher and wounded two middle-school students. He then took his own life by shooting himself in the head.
It is an event almost too horrible to contemplate.
NCR Today: The pope, Cardinal Donald Wuerl said, is emphasizing: "The message is simple. ... Don't let it become so complex, so confusing that nobody can hear what you're saying."
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