The situation in Juarez, Mexico is getting so bad that one local paper asked the drug cartels: What do you want us to do?
More details can be found here, and below are snippets from the story about the paper's rather unusual editorial.
"What do you want from us?" El Diario de Juarez asked the cartels whose war for control of the border city across from El Paso, Texas, has killed nearly 5,000 people — including two El Diario journalists — in less than two years. "You are currently the de facto authorities in this city. ... Tell us what you expect from us as a newspaper?"
For many Mexicans, it was a voice that finally exposed in a very public and unusual way the intimidation felt across the country.
Below is a press release concerning the Sunday Mass boycott scheduled for this weekend in Ireland. 80-year-old Jennifer Sleeman called for the boycott last month as a protest of the Catholic Church’s treatment of women and the scandal of clerical child sex abuse.
Not all Irish grandmothers agree with Sleeman's idea.
From The Associated Press:
Anti-abortion female Republican candidates could change political equation in Senate
By DAVID CRARY , Associated Press
NEW YORK - An unusually large contingent of female Republican candidates with strong anti-abortion views is heating up debate on the issue and could change the political equation in the next Congress.
My friend Br. Wally Kendrick died this summer. For many years he lived as a hermit on land belonging to the Trappist Assumption Abbey in southern Missouri. I often visited him there when I lived nearby in the early 1980s. His little house made of rough-cut oak planks perched on the top of a high ridge with a breathtaking view of the surrounding hills, ridges and hollows.
The motorbikes would be used to support the Diocese, to effectively carry out its monitoring role in the implementation of the Integrated Savings and Internal Lending Communities (SILC), as well as the Agriculture and Water and Sanitation I-SAW Step-up Projects, in four districts of the region.
Father Bennette Tang, Diocesan Development Coordinator, made this known during the presentation of the motorbikes in Wa.
He said the aim of CRS is to integrate Savings and Internal Lending into Agriculture and Water and Sanitation management as an activity among rural people, to enhance their livelihoods."
"Madam Lisa Washington-Sow, CRS Country Representative in Ghana, who graced the occasion, called on the Catholic Diocese, which is a beneficiary of the motorbikes, to use them prudently for the holistic development of the rural people.
Should the Vatican drop mandatory celibacy for Roman Catholic priests?, a poll at The Wall Street Journal
His hands kept moving. As he leaned into the podium they just wouldn't stop. In one moment they were pointing to a student in the front row. In the next they were making fists near his chest. They flew back and forth with a weight about them. They had their own gravitational pull.
Maybe that's what was drawing hushed attention his way.
As Frank Cordaro talked, the undergraduate students at Avila University weren't just listening. They were absorbing.
With a title like "Following the Nonviolent Jesus: Why Christians Should Be In Jail," maybe that's to be expected.
Cordaro, who was speaking to an audience of undergraduate students, local activists, and religious at the Kansas City, Mo. university Sept. 23, covered the gamut of Christian history to support his unusual claim that more Christians should be in jail.
Skateboarder an overnight sensation after rescuing Quran
By Omar Sacirbey
Religion News Service
At the end of a summer characterized by unprecedented levels of Islamophobia, Muslim Americans and their allies have found an expected reason to smile: Jake Isom, a skateboarder with a rat-tail from Amarillo, Texas.
Last Saturday, Sept. 18, Isom, 23, snatched a kerosene-soaked Koran from a grill in a city park before David Grisham, head of a local Christian group known as Repent Amarillo, could set it afire.
Isom's telling of the story to a local news station went viral, receiving close to 300,000 views on YouTube.
On a walk yesterday at this city's nature center, the day before this one that marks the turning of the seasons, I stopped to pick up some of the first colorful leaves that had fallen to the sidewalk, then a monarch butterfly fluttered past me headed south, while a honeybee sluggishly toured through a blooming patch of goldenrod and asters, the wildflowers of fall in the Midwest.
The big black-and-orange monarchs buck the butterfly trend. Most other species of butterfly have settled down already for the winter, slumbering in the cocoon or going about disguised as caterpillars.
The monarch, though, migrates as many bird species do. They follow regular migration routes down from the North, along major river valleys, along coastlines. Some of them travel over 2,000 miles ending in southern Mexico.
No one is sure why these butterflies migrate, or how they navigate. All we know is that they do so by the millions and that they come back to their summer haunts every spring. Some are survivors of the previous year's journey; others -- probably most -- are a new generation hatched in the far south.