It's the hottest time of year in most places. The Natural Resources Defense Council has 11 tips on their "CO2 Smackdown" site for cooling your home at lower cost while reducing the impact on the environment.
The head of child protection for the Catholic church in England and Wales has said the Vatican should remove the statute of limitations on prosecution of of priests for child abuse offenses.
Catholic News Service reports: U.S. archbishop named to Congregation for Saints' Causes
I had drinks a few nights ago with a friend, and about five minutes in I realized that he had become someone very different.
This friend lives in New York, so we only see each other a couple of times a year, when he comes out to the West Coast for business. Usually our drink-fueled conversation centers on arguments about politics -- arguments that get absurdly heated for two people who agree on pretty much everything.
A friend posted this link on Facebook to Roger Ebert's column in the Chicago Sun Times July 25. Ebert, a cancer-survivor who can no longer speak, articulates his views in print through powerful prose. One of the best and most thoughtful film critics since Andre' Bazin and Pauline Kael, he applies his powers of observation, and critical skills -- indeed his soul -- to the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.
NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo yesterday subpoenaed panhandling phony Melindia LeGrand after the New York Post exposed the sham sister's bad habit of seeking donations for a nonexistent orphanage, sources close to the investigation said yesterday.
For more than a decade, LeGrand has walked city streets allegedly claiming to be an Episcopal nun in order to prey on the public's sympathies
Authentic nuns and priests who actually beg for alms could very well be impacted if new city or state legislation is introduced to prohibit false solicitations. According to the New York Post, New York City Councilman Peter Valone, Jr., a Democrat, Catholic, and a Fordham College and Law School graduate is introducing legislation that would prohibit such false solicitations.
Justin Bieber had better watch out. Decca Records, part of Universal Music, which counts Lady Gaga and U2 among its acts has just signed a major record deal with the nuns of the Abbaye de Notre-Dame de l'Annonciation, a reclusive order based near Avignon. In a global search of 70 convents throughout Europe, Africa, and the United States, this order of Benedictine nuns were deemed to have the finest Gregorian Chant singers.
The order's rules would not allow for Decca Records managing director Dickon Stainer to enter their home to congratulate them.However the alternative seemed to work just fine.
"I passed the contract through the grille, they signed it and passed it back," he said.
In a musical world where money symbols are a commonly accepted spelling for one's name, (as in Ke$ha) or "boom boom boom" are socially accepted lyrical art forms, one finds it incredibly refreshing to hear the sweet sounds of an album the artists merely hope will help listeners "find peace".
The sisters' album, Voice: Chant From Avignon, will be released in November.
Great insight into the Shirley Sherrod debacle on Michael Sean Winters Distinctly Catholic blog.
NPR's Michel Martin, in an interview with Winters, sees at the heart of the speech that was selectively snipped and sent out over the internet the religious language of personal conversion. Check it out.
You may have missed this on Friday. Friday afternoon, John Juhasz and his wife spent one hour talking with Bishop Richard Lennon at the Cleveland Diocese. They asked for three requests. In addition to re-opening their church, parishioners asked for their Priest to be reinstated and they asked the Bishop to host a "Mass of reconciliation."