Our second Webathon finished yesterday after one week. It was a smashing success. We raised close to and possibly more than $70,000!
The Catholic Church is seriously, possibly terminally ill and only an honest diagnosis and radical therapy will cure it, one of the sharpest critics of Pope Benedict XVI, the Swiss Catholic theologian Hans Kung, has written.
Kung who is a former colleague of the pope at the University of Tubingen, introduced his new book, "Ist die Kirche noch zu retten?" ("Can the Church Still Be Saved?").
It has been an exhilaration and, in the end, an uplifting experience.
Your terrific response has taken us well beyond our $50,000 goal -- and moving in on $60,000.
However, after six days of pitching NCR on this Web site, we’re also, admittedly, a bit tired of asking. It takes a lot out of one to keep asking – even when you believe in what you are “selling.” We believe in the NCR and its mission so much that many of us have given decades of our lives to NCR.
It is 1976. Journalist Robert Torres (Dougray Scott) is researching a Catholic priest, Josemaria Escriva, the founder of a Catholic group called Opus Dei, who had recently died amidst rumors of sanctity. Much to his surprise, Robert discovers that his estranged father, Manolo (Wes Bentley), grew up in the same village in Spain and even went to the same seminary. Robert travels from London to Madrid to find answers to his questions, but even after an eight-year silence, his father will not speak to him.
Over on the Commonweal blog, David Gibson has a very thoughtful, thought provoking posting about our national fixation with conflict and “the seductiveness of war” (a quote from Civil War historian and Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust).
Read carefully: War, bin Laden, and “the aura of the consequential”
I just learned that an article I wrote for another publication received an award from the Associated Church Press (ACP) for "Editorial Courage."
It is one the most prestigious awards, in my opinion, that the interdenominational religious press association confers because it recognizes the risks that church publications take when they speak the truth and do real journalism.
The National Catholic Reporter does not currently belong to the ACP, but if we did, I venture that we would win the award for "Editorial Courage" every year.
The independence NCR has, thanks to our subscribers and supporters, allows us to practice real, independent journalism about the church every day. As someone who has worked for both a diocesan newspaper (where I got in trouble with the chancery) and a publication owned by a religious congregation (where I got in trouble with the Vatican), I can't stress enough how important that editorial freedom is.
Drum roll please…………
We have reached -- and gone beyond -- our goal of $50,000.
Indeed, we are at the $55,000 mark. Imagine. Imagine a progressive Catholic success story in our church today!
We have only a few hours left today. We would very much like to hit $60,000.
According to the Washington Post:
In the following commentary, Larry Hufford, a professor of International Relations at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and a past president of the World Council on Curriculum and Instruction, says that his experience of the 9/11 led him to make a personal commitment to work for interfaith dialogue and understanding.
He says that now is the time for Americans to move beyond bitterness and anger and begin the project of healing the world.
By Larry Hufford
On Sept. 11, 2001, I was in Madrid, Spain, attending an international education conference. Participants came from over 50 countries and represented every major religion of the world.
My great aunt Edith described what it was like in Boston's old Scollay Square at the end of World War II. The details were of a scene just like the iconic LIFE magazine photos of Times Square -- an unknown sailor kissing an unknown nurse in a spontaneous show of life and celebration.
I understand the hand-wringing about the celebrating that went on in front of the White House, at Ground Zero in Manhattan, and across college campuses across the country. I've seen the Biblical quote "Rejoice not when your enemy falls, and when he stumbles, let not your heart exult." (Proverbs 24: 17).
It is worth noting that the next lines from Proverbs are: