According to CNN:
Press Release from U.S. bishops' conference:
WASHINGTON -- Trinitarian Father Juan J. Molina has been named associate director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Office of National Collections and director for the Church in Latin America. Father Molina is currently serving as policy advisor for Latin America and Global Trade in the Office of International Justice and Peace at USCCB and previously served as advocacy program coordinator in the Southwest regional office of Catholic Relief Services.
I just returned from a wonderful five-day meeting of the Loretto Community in St. Louis. It focused on ministries and was entitled "Working with a Jubilee Heart." (We're getting ready to celebrate our 200th anniversary as a community in 2012.) We've come a long way since those early days on the Kentucky frontier, but we're still boarding new wagon trains and looking over new horizons into the future.
One of those horizons is our exploration of a new "cosmological phase" of religious life.
On this day we commemorate Blessed Joana, Princess of Portugal, daughter of King Afonso V and Isabella of Coimbra.
Joana was born in 1452, heiress to the throne of Portugal. She wanted to become a Dominican nun, but her father and her brother pressured her to marry. There were offers from Richard III of England and Charles VII of France, among others.
Unanimous R.I. House seeks pardon in 1845 hanging a case anti-Irish, anti-Catholic discrimination
The Ugandan bill that would impose the death penalty on some gays and lesbians was scheduled to be debated today. By chance, however, a walkout by female members of Parliament because of a dispute over an unrelated bill cancelled the debate.
"We were saved by the lack of quorum," said Frank Mugisha, the director of the gay rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda. Mugisha and others believe that the bill might have passed today because so many members of Parliament were in favor of it.
The Tablet (of London) is reporting today that:
Last year, Berger published a book, Der heilige Schein. Als schwuler Theologe in der katholischen Kirche (The Holy Illusion: A Gay Theologian in the Catholic Church), and gave this interview to Der Spiegel: The church's homophobia and its shift to the right.
Last July, in this space, I wrote that “if you want to spend a strange afternoon, google ‘Scott Bloch’ and just see what pops up. Too weird for words.”
Don’t say you weren’t warned – and it’s getting stranger yet.
The Washington Post reports today that Bloch, former “Special Counsel of the United States” under George W. Bush, has filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) suit against Karl Rove and others seeking $200 million in damages. Even in a town where it takes a “billion here and a billion there and pretty soon we’re talking about real money,” that’s real money. Prison sentences of the kind Bloch recently received, it seems, do not make the heart grow fonder.
HT to the Religion News Service Blog:
[RNS'] own Dan Burke will have more on this later today. A Presby pastor who was tried and acquitted for marrying two lesbians calls it the "moral awakening of mainstream Christianity."
NCR will post Burke's piece from Religion News Service as soon as it is available.
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has written a circular letter to bishops' conferences around the world on preparing policies and guidelines for dealing with cases of clerical sexual abuse of minors.
The Vatican press office announced May 11 that it would release the text of the letter May 16.