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Three keys to reading the Dolan win at the USCCB

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ANALYSIS

Clearly the big Catholic news in America this week is the election of Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York as President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, upending the custom that the outgoing vice-president, in this case Bishop Gerald Kicanas of Tucson, more or less automatically ascends to the top job.

I wasn’t in Baltimore covering the bishops’ meeting, so I don’t have any insider scoop on the politics of that result. The consensus explanation seems to be that Dolan’s victory signals a broad conservative shift within the conference, perhaps coupled with concern that debate over Kicanas’ role in the Daniel McCormack case in Chicago might mean he would be hobbled by controversy over the sexual abuse crisis.

Without questioning that analysis, I’ll offer three observations about the significance of Dolan’s election.

Seminaries producing 'half-baked priests'

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These aren't my words and I didn't chose the headline. Here's a story that comes to us from UCA News:

Some seminaries are producing “half-baked priests” because professors lack the skills to form all sides of their students, the secretary of the Association of Rectors of Major Seminaries (ARMS) said on the sidelines of a conference this week.

Professors have degrees that equip them for academic training but not to deal with “the complex nature of priestly formation,” Father John Kulandai said.

Read the full story: ‘Seminaries producing half-baked priests’

The 2010 midterm elections: An exercise in narcissism?

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It was a stunning shock to many: only two years after garnering a strong mandate from voters, Democrats and their president found themselves on the business end of an electoral shellacking. The midterm election result was a surprise to some for sure -- but not to many critical observers, including Catholics, of America's consumer society.

Fr. John Rausch is one of ten environmental saints for our time

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Mallory McDuff, a regular blogger on the Huffington Post, recently named Glenmary Fr. John Rausch one of the top ten religious environmental saints of our day. Fr. Rausch is an activist in the Appalachian region, working against mountaintop removal mining. He was interviewed in our special issue on ecology this year.
To see who the other saints were, read the full article.

Human rights lawyers: Prosecute Bush, former officials for torture

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George W. Bush’s newly published memoir, Decision Points, provides fodder for an ongoing criminal investigation of Bush administration officials, writes Bill Quigley in a recent column for The Huffington Post.

In his memoir the former president admits to authorizing the waterboarding of detainees, which is considered torture under international and U.S. law, notes Quigley, the legal director for the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).

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