NCR Today: What to do about torture? Orthodox theologian encouraged by Francis' Turkey visit; O Antiphons for Advent
In 2003, Archbishop Harry Flynn, then the ordinary of the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese and a good friend of mine, wrote a pastoral letter on racism. He writes in the preface:
In the Hebrew Scriptures the prophet Micah gives us a simple but very challenging formula for holiness. He writes,
The most eloquent statement on the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee's report on torture comes from Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who on the Senate floor decried the use of torture as having "stained our national honor" and doing "much harm and little practical good." I share the core of his speech here:
The Catholic church is well-known for its opposition to many important "-isms" over the years: It has railed against secularism, materialism, communism, and modernism with vigor and determination. Now it appears Pope Francis has decided to argue against an "-ism" of a different sort.
For more than a year now, Francis has repeatedly returned to the issue of religious fundamentalism and has condemned it, whether Christian, Muslim or Jewish fundamentalism.
NCR Today: O Antiphons for Advent; Global Sisters must-reads; are die-ins the new sit-ins? Plus, bishops call for end to fossil fuels.
Several years ago, I was a senior fellow at Woodstock Theological Center working on questions in science and religion. One day, the program manager appeared at my door and asked if I wanted some boxes of notes that had been taking up space in his office. The notes happened to be those of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, and he did not know what to do with them. Woodstock had inherited the notes from Nicole Schmitz-Moorman, whose father, Karl Schmitz-Moorman, inherited the notes after Teilhard's death. Karl bequeathed the notes to his daughter, who, in turn, donated them to Woodstock.
Attorney General Eric Holder has announced new guidelines on racial profiling for federal law enforcement agencies in the wake of the Ferguson, Mo., and New York police killings of two African-American men.
NCR Today: Vatican releases second synod questionnaire; a realistic portrait of St. Nicholas; France bans nativity scenes; retirement care for religious
Sr. Regina Siegfried of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ sent this letter to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch describing some of the neighborhood kindness after an off-duty police officer killed Vonderrit Myers. I've tried to explain to people that the situation here expressed by the word "Ferguson" is a little like the blind men trying to grasp the idea of an elephant by touching only one part of its body.
On Nov. 23, the Israeli Cabinet approved a new "nationality law" and sent it to the Knesset, Israel's parliament, for ratification. Immediately, a fierce constitutional debate broke out. Did the bill privilege Jewish ethnicity over democratic equality?