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If you live long enough, sometimes things come full circle. The Havana Times reports that the Cuban government is returning to its rightful owners property taken after the 1959 revolution.
The return of property from the churches seized by the Cuban government after the triumph of the Revolution in 1959 is more and more a fact.
I've always had a problem with the idea that Jesus had to die so terribly in order to make satisfaction for the sins of humanity. And it gets my attention every Holy Week, when we concentrate for six days on Jesus' passion and death and the horrors of his crucifixion.
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My knee jerk reaction to the reprimand aimed at Sister Elizabeth Johnson by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith: it's an outrageous insult.
My calmer, meditative reaction: it's an outrageous insult.
Sister Johnson's theology explains itself and needs no defense here. Her book had its critics but it gained distinction in the general court of review and the support for its legitimacy as Catholic thought was loud and strong.
David Gibson frames the issue of a married clergy well in his article for Religion News Service.
Pope Francis apparently had another one of his private conversations with a Brazilian bishop whose diocese is in the rainforest. The diocese has a total of 27 priests for 700,000 Catholics. Most Catholics are only able to attend Mass a couple of times a year.
According to a Radio Tamajuz report, a Sudanese warplane dropped a bomb close to Mother of Mercy Hospital operated by Dr. Tom Catena, whom NCR has interviewed this past year.
"A Sudanese warplane dropped a bomb that hit the grounds of Mother of Mercy Hospital in Gidel, in the Nuba Mountains, last Thursday, 1 May.
Over 400 migrants arrived on the Italian Island of Lampedusa on Thursday after having been rescued by the Italian Navy in a series of rescue operations.
They include 83 minors and at least ten new born babies.
The migrants come largely from Eritrea, Nigeria, Syria, Tunisia, Ethiopia and Mali.
The online news source Inside Higher Ed is moving a story this morning that says Miguel H. Diaz, U.S. ambassador to the Vatican from 2009-2012, was investigated for sexual harassment by the University of Dayton, the Marianist university where he has been teaching since leaving government service.
See the story: Unwanted Advances.
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