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Women cardinals

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Brendan McGrath, in a comment (#41)on the America Magazine blog, "In All Things," has a novel idea. McGrath suggests that women be allowed to become cardinals (not exactly a new idea, but wait). McGrath observes that since this has nothing to do with doctrine, only church discipline, it would only require a change in canon law, entirely possible.

McGrath then goes on:

Few abuser priests monitiored

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This report from The Associated Press was released last week, but you may have missed it: Dioceses oust abusers they had pledged to monitor

At the peak of the Roman Catholic clergy sex abuse crisis, the discipline plan American bishops adopted prompted dioceses to remove nearly all accused clergy from the priesthood.

Some of the men, however, were considered too old or sick to be kicked out. Instead, bishops barred those clerics from functioning as priests and promised to keep watch over them in supervisory programs that would keep the men far from children.

But interviews with canon lawyers, church child protection officials and experts who advise them found that, eight years after the plan was approved, few of those diocesan programs exist. Church leaders are more likely to oust a cleric from the priesthood than monitor him.

God to meet His Voice?

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What does God sound like?

Anyone who grew up in the New York metropolitan area between the mid-1950s through the early parts of this decade knows the answer: Bob Sheppard. The long-time New York Yankees public address announcer, 99, died at his Long Island home July 11.

No matter how bad or good the Yankees were during the 1970s, the kids playing ball at Edgemere Park in Long Island, particularly the Met fans, knew our American League rivals had us beat at one position every home game. Sheppard, a university-level speech professor by profession, announced games at the old Yankee Stadium for more than 50 years (1951-2006).

It was his vocal manner, both regal and accessible, and his tone, sonorous yet sophisticated, that set him apart, that led those kids playing baseball or softball on long summer days to imitate him. “Batting sixth, number 24, Joe Feuerherd,” I would slowly and clearly intone, as if it was Mickey Mantle or Babe Ruth approaching the batter’s box.

“Number 24.”

European interest in Chicanos/Latinos

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I have recently returned from Ireland and Spain where I attended conferences on Chicano literature. There is growing interest in both countries and, in fact, throughout Europe about the Chicano/Latino experience and, in general, about the minority experience in the United States.

As more Third World migrants enter Europe and European countries struggle to cope with the changing demographics, scholars are looking to see how the United States has managed its own population diversification, where since 1970 the large majority of immigrants have come from non-European sources and primarily from Mexico, Central America and Asia. About 50 percent of all immigrants to the United States are from Latin America.

'Women & Spirit' update

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We have received some queries about “Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America,” the traveling exhibit that looks at the lives and contributions of women religious in America from when Catholic sisters and nuns began arriving in what would be the USA in the early 18th century up through today.

The exhibit is a project of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. Here is the schedule:

U of I prof canned for teaching Catholic teachings

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University of Illinois fires professor for teaching Catholic theology

The University of Illinois has fired an adjunct professor who taught courses on Catholicism after a student accused the instructor of engaging in hate speech by saying he agrees with the church's teaching that homosexual sex is immoral.

This will not be the last we hear on this matter.

Rich are biggest mortgage defaulters

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Ever since we've been hurled into this massive recession-depression (pick one or use both), I've heard repeatedly from my conservative Republican friends that the federal government's mortgage lenders enabled the working poor to take on too much mortgage debt for the sake of homeownership, thereby leading to huge defaults by the poor and middle class.

However, this New York Times story paints a different picture. Namely, that the rich have stopped paying their mortgages at a rate that greatly exceeds the rest of the population. Interesting.

Don't know whether to laugh, cry or scream!

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Sit down. Get calm. You need to be in a cool place for this news. According to a July 9 report from Catholic News Service, the Vatican is preparing to update its norms for dealing with sex abuse of minors by priests. But -- in the same document -- it says that the “attempted ordination of women” is as grave an offense against the sacrament of Holy Orders as is pedophilia! Both are “delicta graviora.”

Yeah, I know. It’s hard to believe, but that’s what they are saying. They are equating the ordination of women with the rape and torture of children.

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