Quote of the Day from Religion News Service"
"I need more help from you. If you are a tither, become a double-tither. If you are not a tither, become a tither. This ministry has earned your trust. This ministry has earned your help."
--Crystal Cathedral founder Robert H. Schuller, in an emotional plea to worshippers on Sunday (Oct. 24) to help the Southern California megachurch overcome its current bankruptcy and multimillion-dollar debt. He was quoted by The Orange County Register.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi is the favorite political piñata of this weird election season, the figure everyone loves to hate, the attack ads' one-dimensional recipient of voter anger and frustration.
So it was refreshing to come across the delightfully against-the-grain and beautifully written profile of the speaker just this side of what many are predicting will be the end of her leadership days. The piece is by Melinda Henneberger, editor in chief of Politics Daily.
There's a reason this pinata won't break: she was born to the political fight, and she relishes every moment of it.
Here’s a taste:
"I want you to be happy, always happy in the Lord; I repeat, what I want is your happiness." (Philippians 4:4)
Jesuit Fr. Al Fritsch lists 99 ways to celebrate God's goodness. These are creative activities that glorify God and God's creation through simple, earth-friendly, community-enhancing acts and actions. He invites you to make up your own list.
My neighbor Ed is doing okay -- he runs his own business and he's hanging on through tough times. But, he tells me, things would be better were he only going out of business.
Doesn't sound right, I know, but my neighbor had a story to tell about the way life has changed for small businesses during a big recession.
I was over at his house about a week ago, and mentioned things look grim on Ventura Boulevard, the main shopping stretch in our part of Los Angeles. Every day, a new store tacked up a huge banner that read "going out of business" or "store liquidation."
Ed smiled and said the situation wasn't quite that bad.
Those sad signs? Just a new trick to bring in business. These days, people hold on to every dollar they've got -- and will only spend when they think the bargains are too bold to pass up. That's why stores like the Gap hand out coupons awarding you forty percent off, or hold 2-for-1 sales. Only deep discounts draw those wallets out into the light of day.
The perfect financial storm has come crashing down on a vulnerable group: Retired seniors.
Privatizing Social Security would have been a boon to this group (not). Massive unfunded tax breaks for the wealthy do not apply to this group either. This is extraordinarily bad news for seniors and for all of us, as we continue to fund some $800 billion in two wars with no end in sight.
Those aged 65 and older represented seven percent of bankruptcy filers in 2007, a mind-boggling jump from 1991. They are the “fastest-growing age demographic,” according to Pottow’s study.
Pope names US cardinal to council studying Vatican's economic problems
By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Benedict XVI named Cardinal Francis E. George of Chicago to the international Council of Cardinals for the Study of the Organizational and Economic Problems of the Holy See.
The Vatican announced the appointment Oct. 23.
By JOHN L. ALLEN JR.
tIn some ways, the surprise of the Oct. 10-24 Synod of Bishops for the Middle East may not be that it ended amid acrimony involving Israel, the Vatican, and the mostly Arab bishops of the region. Instead, the surprise may be that it took so long to happen.
tAs the synod wrapped up on Sunday, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon complained that it had turned into “a forum for political attacks on Israel, in the best history of Arab propaganda.”
tAyalon specifically objected to a comment made at the synod’s closing press conference on Saturday by Greek Melkite Archbishop Cyrille Salim Bustros, who’s actually based in Newton, Massachusetts.
|Read NCR's full coverage of the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East: Index of stories from the Synod.|
Papers on Calif. priest abuse unsealed, Associated Press
I’ve just returned from a few days on the road and have had a chance to consider the firing of National Public Radio’s Juan Williams, and am deeply saddened by the deep divisions and skewed sense of journalistic ethics that it illustrates.
I was fascinated that the memory that surfaced when I first read of the firing and the circumstances that led to it was of a moment in a newsroom about 14 years ago. Our youngest child, a son, had just turned 10 at the time and a story, graphic in detail, came to my desk describing repeated rape by a priest of a 10-year-old boy. I experienced a deep, visceral involuntary reaction and imagined, in that moment, that if someone had done such a thing to one of our children, to one of our three sons or our daughter, I’d have the capacity to kill the perpetrator.
It was a wildly incongruous thought for me. I tend, however imperfectly, toward nonviolence. I am glad there are laws that would restrain me, teaching and training in my background that I trust would grab hold of me. But I can’t deny the explosive anger that I felt in that moment.