NCR this morning: Newark lawyers up; RCIA forum funding dries up; Australian state parliament investigates child sexual abuse.
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On Religion News Service's daily round up blog, national correspondent Lauren Markoe writes about her encounter with the Dalai Lama.
In another round of the bitterly contested fight over school financing -- which pits government school advocates, teachers unions and administrators against education reform or "school choice" advocates who promote vouchers as a way for parents and families to choose a school best suited for their families -- the Louisiana Supreme Court struck down Gov. Bobby Jindal's school choice program 6-1.
The court's rationale, reported by The Huffington Post, is unsurprising:
The National Rifle Association has completed its annual convention in Houston. The fiery rhetoric issuing from this gathering is difficult to listen to, but I want to focus on the words of the group's executive vice president, Wayne LaPierre.
The bishop of Trenton, N.J., wasted no time in finding a replacement for a parish whose pastor resigned amid a child endangerment scandal impacting multiple New Jersey dioceses.
I am not one of those Catholics who was forced to memorize the spiritual and corporal works of mercy, but I know how to use Google. So I know that, in addition to feeding the hungry, clothing the naked and visiting the sick, Christians are called to bury the dead. Which is why I'm saddened to see the news that cemeteries are refusing to bury the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev.
The retirement of Fr. James Connell, a priest of the Milwaukee archdiocese has been in the pipeline since last fall, the priest told NCR Wednesday morning, hoping to quash rumors that he was being reprimanded for outspokenness in his defense of victims of clergy sex abuse.
NCR Today: Kenya Catholics condemn condom campaign; more women seek ordination; Newt's take on LGBT rights and the church.
Mercedarian Missionaries Sister Filo Hirota called upon a group of global women religious leaders to further integrate peace and justice efforts into community life.
She spoke Sunday before a gathering of some 800 women at the triennial assembly of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG). Hirota has been a long time member of the UISG’s Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation board (JPIC).
Peace and justice work is not one of many things we do, but “it is a way to live the consecrated life,” she told the women.
Republican Rep. Lynn Jenkins, a certified public accountant from Kansas and a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee, has the temerity to blame President Barack Obama for sequestration cuts to Head Start programs.