I read with some interest -- and amusement -- the news that Pope Benedict had named 24 new Cardinals, including two Americans. (I was not amused, however, by the selection of Raymond Burke, formerly Archbishop of St. Louis, who insulted Catholic women during his tenure and interfered in our political system by denying communion to pro-choice Catholic candidates for office.)
In May 1996, seven Cistercian monks from the Monastery of Tibhirine in Algeria were found dead, after having been kidnapped two months earlier. They were caught up in a bloody conflict between the Algerian government and the Armed Islamic Group, an extremist movement reflecting widespread discontent with a regime regarded as corrupt and illegitmate.
Can some one help me out here. Can both of these studies be true and if they are, what does that mean?
Earlier this week NCR Today blogger Joe Ferullo wrote about Robert Putnam of Harvard and David Campbell from Notre Dame, who have a new book out "American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us." (See Faith and politics: a toxic mix?.)
A representative of the largest Christian community in the Middle East, the Orthodox Coptic church in Egypt, told the Synod of Bishops for the Middle East on Thursday on behalf of his boss, Coptic Pope Shenouda III, that the assembly “comes at a very late stage.”
Abortion Politics Still Boiling, Michael Sean Winters report on the billboards
Pope appoints Central Wisconsin native Raymond Burke as cardinal, the hometown newspaper reports on local boy done good
Pope appoints Zambia Archbishop a Cardinal, an AfricaNews report
Fr. James Connell is a Milwaukee archdiocesan priest who has been questioning whether U.S. dioceses are using improper standards of proof when they investigate child sex abuse claims against priest or if diocese are playing loose with the rules because no one is holding them accountable.
Peter Steinfels, prominent Catholic author and former New York Times columnist, has published an article in Commonweal calling for an urgent response from American bishops to a growing crisis in Catholic Church membership and identity.
Fr. Mark Gruber, who is a Benedictine monk and anthropology professor, was suspended from teaching at St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa., last year by Archabbott Douglas Nowicki. Bishop Lawrence Brandt suspended Gruber's priestly functions after Nowicki and other St. Vincent officials told the bishop that Gruber had downloaded child pornography on a college computer, according to a lawsuit.
Oct. 20 marks the six month anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon explosion that caused the nation's worst environmental disaster.
Reporter Rocky Kistner has been covering the spill and its aftermath on the Natural Resources Defense Council's Web pages. His most recent report is interesting reading about the ongoing impact on people's lives.
The news of Archbishop Wuerl's elevation to the College of Cardinals spurred a memory of him this morning.
When I was living in Washington for college I would occasionally head over to the Cathedral of St. Matthew for Mass. It's a beautiful church.