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The disparity of wealth and the '70s

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The recent discouraging news on the economy, especially with respect to unemployment, has once again fueled the debate as to the causes of this very slow so-called recovery.

But few focus on the key issue of the declining incomes and purchasing power of middle-class and working-class Americans. Since the 1970s, these vital classes have seen their incomes decline. As their incomes decline, they have to resort to having dual spousal incomes, buying on credit and overusing their credit cards, and using their mortgages as borrowing machines.

However, these strategies are less viable during this Great Recession.

New religious order of women starting in Boston

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From the Boston Globe:

It was May 2001 when Sister Olga Yaqob arrived in Boston. She had graduated top of the class in seminary in her native Iraq and was offered a scholarship to study ministry and spirituality at Boston College. First, she had to learn how to speak English. She studied for two years in an intensive program at Boston University.

“I cried a lot,’’ said Yaqob. “I never thought I’d learn this language.’’

As an Assyrian Christian nun, Yaqob always wore an ankle-length habit with a veil. In the months following Sept. 11, 2001, people often mistook her for a Muslim, with her olive skin and covered head. She was detained at airports, and when she sat down next to people on the T, they’d change seats.

But she got her master’s degree from BC, converted to Catholicism, worked as a campus minister at BU and was promoted to university chaplain. Her most recent accomplishment had not been achieved in the Archdiocese of Boston since World War II: she founded a religious order of sisters.

On this day: Requiem for a Heavyweight

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On this day, 75 years ago, a Solemn Requiem Mass was sung at Westminster Cathedral for the repose of the soul of Gilbert Keith Chesterton.

Visits to Lourdes and Lisieux earlier that spring had not helped, and on June 14, 1936, G. K. Chesterton died.

"The then Parish Priest, Monsignor Smith, gave him the last Sacraments and as he lay dying in Top Meadow, Grove Road. Fr Vincent McNabb, O.P., kissed the pen with which he had written so many noble words and sang the Salve Regina, as is the custom in the Dominican Order."

-- "Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936)", Church of St. Teresa, Beaconsfield.

Morning Briefing

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Malta Burgers - \"giving homeless men a second chance\"

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From News Channel 15, Fort Wayne, Ind.:

From the outside it may just look like another burger joint trying to make it in Huntington, but inside, it’s much more. Malta Burgers opened for business Wednesday. It’s a fast food restaurant aimed at giving homeless men a second chance.

Only one paid employee works at the restaurant. The rest of the men live in the Malta House, a not-for-profit men’s shelter in Huntington.

10 men currently live in the Malta House. They sign up for a year-long discipleship program with the faith-based organization, working six days a week in a thrift store, handyman program, or the new restaurant. The entire profit for Malta Burgers goes right back in to the organization’s ministry. It receives no government funding.

Throughout the NY Archdiocese, \"School's Out Forever\"

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In today's New York Times, David Gonzalez offers a moving portrait of the closing of St. Martin of Tours, a Catholic elementary school in the Bronx, which has served the community for 86 years. He focuses particularly on the school's principal, Sister Nora McArt, who has worked with the children of St. Martin's for more than four decades.

Confronting U.S. policy on detention and torture

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Concerned about the cruelty of U.S. detention policy, fifteen anti-torture activists entered the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday afternoon and interrupted a vote on a 2012 defense appropriations bill.

The activists, who are members of the group Witness Against Torture say the version of the bill, under consideration yesterday, undermines U.S. Federal courts, keeps the detainment center in Guantanamo open, and attempts to expand the use of indefinite detention for terrorism suspects.

Ayn Rand and the budget battles in Congress

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I have recently become acquainted with the philosophy of Ayn Rand, courtesy of remarks by Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Chair of the House Budget Committee. It seems that he counts himself among her disciples and likes her values.

More than that, she was become a philosophical beacon for many in the Tea Party Movement who -- like Ryan -- want draconian budget cuts (mostly affecting the poor and middle class) with nary a plan to raise any revenue, especially from the wealthy.

On this day: St. John the Baptist

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On this day we celebrate the Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.

"When they came on the eighth day to circumcise the child, they were going to call him Zechariah after his father, but his mother said in reply, 'No. He will be called John.' But they answered her, 'There is no one among your relatives who has this name.' So they made signs, asking his father what he wished him to be called. He asked for a tablet and wrote, 'John is his name,' and all were amazed."

Click here for the Mass and here for the Liturgy of the Hours.

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