I'm in Washington, D.C., on a lobbying trip with the Loretto Community, planned six months ago. We identified seven issues, invited members to come along, wrote fact sheets and prayers, and, eight weeks ago, began praying and writing to Congress, one issue a week. We set the date as best we could, looking at our community calendar and our own lives. But privately, we all thought Congress might even have gone home. Surely we would slog away in July heat, saying the same-old, same-old to bored staff.
Who says the ecumenical movement is dead?
The Mormons have signaled an important breakthrough by tossing Kate Kelly out of the church and thereby showing their solidarity with the Vatican. The Catholic church has punished people like Roy Bourgeois for the same thing.
Yes, they have bonded over their shared abhorrence of speaking in favor of ordaining women.
Edinburgh, Scotland -- Cardinal Keith O’Brien, forced from office by sex scandal in 2013, now livining in £209k home owned by church(That's $282,000 U.S. dollars)
St. Paul-Minneapolis -- Former chancellor says: Twin Cities archdiocese 'far, far from best practice' on abuse
The legal analysts assure us that the U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Burwell v. Hobby Lobby does not impose any burden on employees who want access to contraceptive coverage. This was reinforced, they say, with the Wheaton College v. Burwell case three days later. Employees, the analysts say, will get their contraceptives from the insurance company. The employees won’t even notice any change.
A thoughtful New York Times article by Michael A. Cohen on to how to conduct an effective foreign policy is worthy of serious consideration.
Germany's 1-0 World Cup victory over Argentina was a close one, although many viewers felt the Germans were a shoo-in after their dominating performances against teams like Portugal and Brazil earlier in the tournament. "Germans Humiliated After Winning World Cup 6.38 Seconds Behind Schedule," an Onion headline teased after the win.
Jonathan Merritt penned an interesting blog post for Religion News Service on Christians, patriotism and the Fourth of July.
Pakistan Activist Malala Yousafzai celebrates 17th birthday in Nigeria: "My birthday wish this year is 'Bring Back Our Girls' now and alive."
London, Ontario -- Transgender Woman Prepares to Enter Carmelite Convent
NCR Today: "It's a wonderful opportunity to move in a little different direction with my career in Catholic media," Mercy Sr. Mary Ann Walsh said.
I've been representing Missouri on a Sentencing Project group on parole issues. The monthly phone calls have been very interesting, but I haven't been sure what to report back to the Missouri task force. Regular participants are from New York, Massachusetts, Maryland, Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois and California.