The biggest set of abuse claims against the Roman Catholic church of England and Wales advanced today. An English high court ruled that Middlesbrough diocese was responsible for a residential care home where 142 ex-pupils are suing for abuse. The diocese faces claims totaling $12.6 million. Roman Catholic church facing £8m payout over child abuse claims
“Now that cholera has established itself with a strong foothold in Haiti, it is clear to us that it will not go away for several years,” said Dr. John Andrus of the Pan American Health Organization at a news briefing Monday in Washington
Here's a case study for Catholic Social Teaching.
Would taking money to entice students to get credit cards fall inside or outside the lines?
In 2009, the University of Notre Dame alumni association took $1.8 million from credit card peddlers (Bank of America, Chase and U.S. Bank doled out such sums)in exchange for promotional privileges, third highest of any university in the nation.
By law, the Federal Reserve must disclose such information annually. It was reported today in Inside Higher Education.
The overall picture suggests that universities have no problem encouraging a practice that acts as a sort of predator lending for the youngsters. As we're reminded regularly, the financial behemoth that got us into all this trouble is doing just fine, thank you. Nothing has changed there. And so the market for new customers must be brisk.
How does "Catholic character" square with all of this?
The complete document "The Review and Renewal of the Catholic Campaign for Human Development," as accepted and affirmed by the USCCB Administrative Committee, September 15, 2010 now available (http://tinyurl.com/2e25ffg) on bishops conference Web site.
Quote of the Day from Religion News Service"
"I need more help from you. If you are a tither, become a double-tither. If you are not a tither, become a tither. This ministry has earned your trust. This ministry has earned your help."
--Crystal Cathedral founder Robert H. Schuller, in an emotional plea to worshippers on Sunday (Oct. 24) to help the Southern California megachurch overcome its current bankruptcy and multimillion-dollar debt. He was quoted by The Orange County Register.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is the favorite political piñata of this weird election season, the figure everyone loves to hate, the attack ads' one-dimensional recipient of voter anger and frustration.
So it was refreshing to come across the delightfully against-the-grain and beautifully written profile of the speaker just this side of what many are predicting will be the end of her leadership days. The piece is by Melinda Henneberger, editor in chief of Politics Daily.
There's a reason this pinata won't break: she was born to the political fight, and she relishes every moment of it.
Here’s a taste:
"I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord; I repeat, what I want is your happiness." (Philippians 4:4)
Jesuit Fr. Al Fritsch lists 99 ways to celebrate God's goodness. These are creative activities that glorify God and God's creation through simple, earth-friendly, community-enhancing acts and actions. He invites you to make up your own list.
My neighbor Ed is doing okay -- he runs his own business and he's hanging on through tough times. But, he tells me, things would be better were he only going out of business.
Doesn't sound right, I know, but my neighbor had a story to tell about the way life has changed for small businesses during a big recession.
I was over at his house about a week ago, and mentioned things look grim on Ventura Boulevard, the main shopping stretch in our part of Los Angeles. Every day, a new store tacked up a huge banner that read "going out of business" or "store liquidation."
Ed smiled and said the situation wasn't quite that bad.
Those sad signs? Just a new trick to bring in business. These days, people hold on to every dollar they've got -- and will only spend when they think the bargains are too bold to pass up. That's why stores like the Gap hand out coupons awarding you forty percent off, or hold 2-for-1 sales. Only deep discounts draw those wallets out into the light of day.
The perfect financial storm has come crashing down on a vulnerable group: Retired seniors.
Privatizing Social Security would have been a boon to this group (not). Massive unfunded tax breaks for the wealthy do not apply to this group either. This is extraordinarily bad news for seniors and for all of us, as we continue to fund some $800 billion in two wars with no end in sight.
Those aged 65 and older represented seven percent of bankruptcy filers in 2007, a mind-boggling jump from 1991. They are the “fastest-growing age demographic,” according to Pottow’s study.