I'm home from a week of lobbying in Washington, D.C., on behalf of the refugee children on our southern border. There were 13 of us, 11 from Loretto and two from our Guatemalan sister community, Sagrada Familia. We had appointments with 25 senators and representatives, plus other drop-in visits. We crossed the Capitol between the House and Senate office buildings three or four times each day.
Step aside, Mary Jane.
Tom Petty is dancing with the Catholic church in his next album “Hypnotic Eye.”
In new song titled “Playing Dumb,” famed rocker Petty and his band the Heartbreakers -- who together have produced classics such as “Runnin’ Down a Dream,” “Free Fallin’” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance” -- address their outrage with the church’s decade-long abuse scandal.
There is an old political saying that where Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line. But in the fallout from the Hobby Lobby decision, it seems the reverse is holding true.
A couple of weekends ago, I had the great pleasure of celebrating the interfaith movement and one of its pioneers at Yogaville in Virginia. It is the home of an interfaith ashram founded by a Hindu guru, Swami Satchidananda. Satchidananda was known worldwide for promoting peace and encouraging the growth of a fledgling interfaith movement since the 1970s. This occasion for my visit was the celebration of the 100th anniversary of his birth. (He died in 2002.)
NCR Today: Every innocent death, Israeli or Palestinian, is one too many. The world has gotten inured to Israeli tactics of disproportionate response to acts of violence.
NCR Today: Amid increased violence in Gaza, pope, UN call for cease-fire; Twin Cities archdiocese back in court today; Anglican women bishops; African bishops discuss family.
Nadine Gordimer, the Nobel Prize-winning author and activist who died this week in Johannesburg at the age of 90, once recalled a scene from her 1979 novel Burger's Daughter:
Sacred Heart Sr. Philomene Tiernan, who was on her way home from a European sabbatical, "was a beloved, wise and compassionate person loved by all."
The document from the International Theological Commission, " 'Sensus Fidei' in the Life of the Church," takes a long overdue look at what this sense of the faith is for the individual and for the larger church. Some of the insights of the nine theologian writers are most encouraging for progressive Catholics; others, not so much.
NCR Today: Harley-riding bishop hits the road; more dioceses welcome migrant children; summer book recommendations; Nashville's Catholic charismatics.