Religion in the 2010 Elections: A Preliminary Look, report from the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life
According to the Chicago Sun-Times, a Chicago area pastor has been discussing the idea of women deacons in the weekly bulletin, and has even contacted Cardinal George about the idea:
His parish, St. Nicholas, has been kicking around the topic for months, and a longtime female member has expressed interest in becoming a deacon should the Vatican open up the option to women.
Pope John Paul II closed off internal debate on allowing women to become priests. Among the church's arguments: Jesus selected only male apostles. But there's no ban on talking about female deacons.
Supporters note that the New Testament references female deacons, though the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops indicates "there is no conclusive evidence that this office or the persons who fulfilled these roles were truly 'ordained' like the male deacons."
A good read from Eureka Street, the Jesuit publication from Australia:
Read the full story: Questions miracles raise
Health-care reform and economic stimulus efforts may have cost Democrats the election. Was it worth it? Over on the Commonweal blog, Paul Moses says, "It was worth it.."
Dana Milbank, op-ed columnist for the Washington Post, has piece about the election aftermath titled: Crowing at Fox News
"It's a comeuppance," Fox News contributor (and Post columnist) Charles Krauthammer contributed.
"I have one word," said Sean Hannity. "Historic."
And Chris Wallace struggled for words. "A gigantic - not a wave election but a tidal wave election," he envisioned.
Purchasing meat directly from the farm has many benefits for both the farmers and the eaters:
- The entire purchase price goes to the farmer.
- You get high-quality, delicious meat from farmers you can get to know over time.
- You avoid the cruel and destructive system of industrial meat production.
Buying beef, pork, lamb, bison, poultry and other meats this way is vastly different from the meat counter at your local supermarket and it will take some adjustment. Consider:
1. Most local farmers produce seasonally on a small scale and have limited marketing outlets. Consequently, they sell only frozen meat because it's not feasible for them to sell all the meat they produce before it spoils.
2. Producers prefer to sell beef and pork by the half (side) or quarter, but sometimes they offer a bundle of mixed cuts in 20-25 pound lots. These are processed in facilities that have been inspected by the state and/or federal government and come in marked butcher paper or labeled plastic. Some sell at farmers' markets by the individual cut.
With Newly-Elected Governors, GOP Gains Clout To Fight Health Reform Law
Kaiser Health News staff writers Julie Appleby and Mary Agnes Carey report: "The Democrats' ambitious health care overhaul is facing roadblocks from newly elected state officials who harshly criticized it while campaigning and who are now in a position to make good on their promises" (Appleby and Carey, 11/3). Read entire story.
The website WikiLeaks’ release of nearly 400,000 secret U.S. war logs on Iraq, posted amidst the din of midterm elections, represents the largest intelligence leak in U.S. history. The release also provides Americans with a mammoth record of a war most of us want to ignore or forget.
No “earthshaking revelations” here, claimed The New York Times in its initial summaries of the documents, known as the Iraq War Logs. Iraqi civilian deaths, the excesses of privatized warriors, the torture of Iraqis by Iraqi troops and police detailed in the logs were stories already reported.
Amy Goodman, co-anchor of the progressive news program Democracy Now!, described WikiLeaks’ latest offering as “a new trove of evidence of the violence and suffering that has befallen Iraqis since the U.S. invasion of 2003.”
The posting of these 391,832 “significant action reports” from U.S. military files may also signify the durability of conscience and its unpredictable emergence even in war.
While moderating the comments on John Allen's report on Sunday's vigil of sex abuse survivors at the Vatican, I came across something remarkable: a first-hand account of the events from one of our commenters.
The comment comes from Judy Lorenz and has been slightly edited, just for formatting purposes.
It's a wonderful look into what the event meant for those who attended. Have a read:
While people may think the event was not well attended or did not evolve into what was hoped for -- it was still a very powerful moment in time. Earlier in the day the survivors met, and it was there that we had the opportunity to meet the deaf commnunity who traveled six hours by bus from Verona, Italy. Men and women who were brave enough to face their demon in their own country. A country where speaking ill of "Papa" is risky indeed.