Philippines: RIGHT now, we have two kinds of lay people in the Catholic Church in the Philippines. We have the laity under the guidance of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines and we have the ordinary lay people in our local churches, the Basic Christian or Ecclesial Communities.
In today's Wall Street Journal, the president of The Catholic University of America announced that the university will eliminate all co-ed dorms and return to single-sex dorms in an attempt to curb binge drinking and "hooking up."
Already, conservative bloggers, traditionalist Catholics and nervous parents are applauding the move. I suspect that was John Garvey's true motivation.
For those shocked that a Catholic university, especially one like CUA, which has official ties to the Vatican, even has co-ed dorms, worry not. As the university's housing services’ Web page explains, all student residence halls are already single-sex by floor, wing or building.
In an article in the regional section of today’s New York Times, Michael Barbaro examines four members of a group of New York State Senator’s who have come to be known as the “Undecided Eight.”
They are “undecided” about how they will vote this week on the legalization of gay marriage. Their eight votes will determine the outcome.
Three of the four senators profiled in this piece are Italian Catholics. One of them is Staten Island’s Andrew Lanza, who shares a story about an exchange that he had with his priest. The striking account of their conversation not only shows Lanza using his primacy of conscience, but also overcoming his own internalized clericalism:
According to Ave Maria Press, ABC's Nightline will air a documentary about Mary, the Mother of God, on Wednesday, June 29, to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the first apparition at Mejdugorje. The documentary will look at other apparitions and Mary's influence as well.
The classic just war theory has a great deal to say about justifications for going to war, and about the proper conduct of war once it’s being fought. But it says almost nothing about the aftermath of war. (For the record, I think this whole theory is defunct. There is probably no such thing as a “just war” in the 21st century. Just for starters, how does one make the required distinction between combatants and civilians?)
The weapons of modern warfare often leave horrific legacies that create death and havoc after a war. Think about the radiation after Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the unexploded land mines around the globe, the depleted uranium in Iraq, and the legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam.
Below is a media statment released today from the U.S. bishops' conference and Catholic Relief Service.
As background, here are two related news reports:
- Uganda rebels continue central Africa attacks
- Human Rights Watch to USA: Protect Civilians From LRA Abuses Give Priority to Special Envoy, Stronger Peacekeeping, Arresting Rebel Leaders
The bishops' statement
On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Anthony of Padua, Doctor of the Church.
Dear Saint Anthony, please come 'round;
Something's lost and can't be found.
(Is there a Catholic, anywhere,
Who's never said that little prayer?)
Kansas City, Mo. Catholic Church Shows Support for Bishop Under Fire
A parish business manager fired in 2009 after raising concerns to the Erie County District Attorney’s Office about finances at a Catholic church and school in South Buffalo has settled a civil court complaint he brought against the parish and the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo.
SAN JOSE, Calif. -- As Catholic Theological Society of America members wrapped up a four-day sojourn in this thriving, multi-ethnic, technologically driven city of close to a million, a city idyllically tucked onto the southern edge of the San Francisco Bay and protected from harsh climate by mountains on three sides, a city boasting 300 sunny days annually with average temperatures in mid-‘70s, a city near the wildly confident Santa Clara University, it’s easy to leave here imagining, if only momentarily, a loving church unencumbered by division and blatant human frailty, is actually possible and not just a distant dream.
NCR reporters are in the field (and convention halls) this weekend. Watch the web site for reports from
NCR editor Tom Fox is in San Jose, Calif., for the annual gathering of the Catholic Theological Society of America. He has filed these stories already. More are to come.
- James A. Coriden receives John Courtney Murray Award
- John Courtney Murray award citation
- Richard R. Gaillardetz elected to CTSA leadership
- Theologian, citing communion of saints, calls for renewed solidarity with poor
- Theologians express regret over bishops' rebuke of Johnson book
- Fairfield theologian calls for more humility in the church, Paul Lakeland says, "World wants a church that doesn't have all the answers."