I was of two minds about going to see this film yesterday because of all the news reports about people fainting during the move -- though no one said where or when or interviewed any of the faintees. Although I admit to feeling like I could not breathe during parts of the film, I was never tempted to faint. I was too involved in the film.
Interfaith Voices this coming week will feature my interview with David Campbell of the University of Notre Dame, co-author of a new and widely-acclaimed study of religion in America called American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us.
We ran a couple news stories last week about reforms being made at the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (See: Bishops defend Catholic Campaign for Human Development), and Michael Sean Winters told us what is right about CCHD (See Catholic identity demands the work the CCHD promotes).
Here's a couple comments about what is wrong with CCHD: Bishops play defense on anti-poverty initiative.
"It never addresses sin as the root cause of poverty, which means it never addresses Christ as a remedy," he said.
The Religion News Service story that quotes Hichborn doesn't specify the sin that causes poverty. Perhaps he means structural sin, for example, predatory loans, redlining neighborhoods, underfunded school districts, or wage theft?
— By Kate Sheppard, Mother Jones
By the time voters went to the polls last week, outside groups had spent more than $454 million to influence campaigns. But there's little evidence that all that spending benefited Republicans much more than Democrats, as the final tallies on spending were actually pretty close.
A total of $197.4 million was spent backing Republican candidates, while groups spent $181.1 million for Democrats, according to Federal Election Commission data compiled by the Sunlight Foundation.
Read the full report here.
"Up to 15 Catholic schools in Manhattan, The Bronx and Staten Island could be forced to close under a plan announced yesterday that threatens to strip them of large financial subsidies from the New York Archdiocese because of plummeting enrollment.
Archbishop Wenski welcomes Cuban Catholic church representatives to Miami for a high-profile visit.
Press Release: Consulting Theologian appointed to Catholic Campaign for Human Development, Father Daniel Mindling to serve
During the run up to the Jubilee Year 2000, Pope John Paul asked all local churches “to do everything possible that the memory of those who have suffered martyrdom should be safeguarded” (TertioMillenioAdveniente, 1994) In Edith Stein and Companions on the Way to Auschwitz (Ignatius Press, 2010) author Fr. Paul Hammas has done just this for the Catholic Jews of Holland who were rounded up, sent to Auschwitz, and murdered.
NCR senior correspondent John L. Allen Jr. is to speak in the Pittsburgh area Nov. 10 and Nov. 11. Both talks draw on his book, The Future Church: How Ten Trends are Revolutionizing the Catholic Church.
He will speak Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in the Kearns Spirituality Center at La Roche College. This was organized by the Association of Pittsburgh Priests. The suggested donation is $15.
The Nov. 11 seminar is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the community center of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary in Villa Maria. The $65 registration includes breakfast and lunch. Registration is required, and is available at 724-964-8886 or www.villaprograms.org.
I have two daughters: a teen and a tween -- so a big topic of conversation around our kitchen table these last few days has been the fate of 18-year old Demi Lovato, a Disney Channel star who has placed herself into rehab.