NCR Today: Catholic hospital argues fetuses aren't people; Lombardi on gun control; Court opens Legion documents opened; Cardinal Glemp dies. And much more.
The Library of Congress—in their infinite ability to provide content you never knew you were looking for—prepared a useful list of scripture passages used by Presidents in taking the oath of office. While we’re familiar with oaths-of-office being administered over closed bibles, many Presidents have opened the book to a specific passage.
I’ve listed some of my favorites here, but do make sure to look at their original post. What scripture passages do you think more elected officials need to focus on?
Both conservative and liberal pundits are proclaiming President Barack Obama's second inaugural as the most progressive or liberal speech of his career. They say he has finally shown himself to be who he really is. They are also saying he missed a critical opportunity to reach out to Republicans to get things done.
NCR Today: Sixty-four Catholics signed a letter calling on Catholic members of Congress to follow the church's teaching on the ethic of life by standing up to the NRA.
I spent Inauguration Day with some of the family, including two grandchildren, at the Newseum, a grand building with lots of widows in the 500 block of Pennsylvania Avenue, a vantage point that allowed us into the mix of the day and some of its feelings while remaining out of the elements, which turned out to be rather mild.
Last week, NPR aired a series on youth and religion. The general point was that participants in the group discussion did not identify with established religion, though some of them prayed. A week earlier, NPR reported a mom in San Diego who pulled her child from a fourth-grade yoga class on the grounds that the school was teaching religion -- in this case, Hinduism.
NCR Today: On Jan. 16, history was made in Pennsylvania when the Department of Veterans Affairs was actually held accountable for poor treatment of a veteran with PTSD.
Editor's note: Sr. Rose Pacatte is at the Sundance Film Festival, which runs through Sunday. This entry chronicles her experiences Jan. 20. Read all of Sr. Rose's Sundance entries here.
Daughters of Charity Srs. Jean Marie Wheeler, 98, and Elaine Wheeler, 96, who were also sisters, died one day apart. Read the full story of their lives at the Albany Times Union.
NCR Today: LA abuse documents cause stir; A gun buy back hijacked; Catholic news from Australia; School news from New York and Chicago.