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Groups call to lobby bishops

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I just received this notice from FutureChurch. I reprint it in its entirety.

Friends...

We just received the urgent message below from the folks at "What if We Just Said Wait?" requesting that we contact our bishops TODAY, before their November 13 bishops meeting.

Ask them to delay implementation of the Roman Missal translations because "it has become clear that an already compromised text is in a state of complete disarray." (see full text below)

Morning Briefing

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Fixing CCHD

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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.

Michael Hichborn, a spokesman for Reform the CCHD Now, called the anti-poverty program "philosophically flawed right from the outset."
"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?

What could you do with $454 million

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Outside Spending: The Final Tally

— 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.

Morning Briefing

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Catholic Jews and the Holocaust

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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.

Invitation for Pittsburgh NCR readers

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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.

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