It's always valuable to listen to farewell addresses, especially those of significant people. When there are no more elections for which to campaign and one has "run the race," it is fascinating to hear the perspective of the outgoing. Of course, there will be legacies to be described and framed, but often, in between such messages, kernels of truth emerge that warrant our pondering, our reflection on the spoken word.
Sick at heart, early Friday evening I went to the White House petition site, We the People. A news story had said there was a petition calling for gun control. There are several. The strongest call is, I think, "Today IS the day. Sponsor strict gun control laws." I was No. 5,468, and as of Wednesday afternoon, the petition has 35,541 signatures.
In keeping with the latest scholarship by Pope Benedict XVI, please make the following amendment with regard to a familiar Carol:
In place of the original two lines, kindly substitute:
"Hark the Herald Angels Speak
Sounding like a Chorus-Greek"
Continue in the traditional manner.
The Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de' Ricci became members of the Dominican Sisters of Peace at a ceremony Dec. 15 in Columbus, Ohio.
"Pro-life Christians who are a major political force in this country should be leading this movement [for saner gun control laws]," writes John Gehring, Catholic Program Director for Faith in Public Life, in a strong commentary about gun violence and the pro-life movement.
Vote: NCR has already selected its Person of the Year for 2012, but we want to know who you would pick. Vote for your pick and discuss the results with others.
NCR Today: Protecting other people's children; Australian study of abusing clergy; Camden schools and a new San Bernardino parish.
Two Swiss Benedictine abbots have recently questioned the practice of naming bishops and are calling for major church reforms.
The decision in October by the Vatican's Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to remove longtime peace advocate Roy Bourgeois from the Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers upset many Catholics.
An interesting conversation is taking place over at The Tablet, begun by Linda Woodhead, professor of sociology of religion at Lancaster University. She proposed the counterintuitive argument that, in the United Kingdom, it is better to be a woman in the Catholic church rather than the Anglican church.