On Dec. 20-21, PBS will air a documentary exploring what it means to be “called” to serve as clergy in the 21st century. It relates a fascinating set of personal stories, featuring seven young people who have felt a “calling” to serve God as either as priests, ministers, rabbis, imams or Islamic chaplains.
On this day, 150 years ago, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow published "Paul Revere's Ride".
Of the midnight ride of Paul Revere,
On the eighteenth of April, in Seventy-five; t
Hardly a man is now alive
Who remembers that famous day and year.
He said to his friend, ‘If the British march
By land or sea from the town to-night,
Hang a lantern aloft in the belfry arch
Of the North Church tower as a signal light, --
One, if by land, and two, if by sea;
And I on the opposite shore will be, t
Ready to ride and spread the alarm
Through every Middlesex village and farm,
For the country folk to be up and to arm.
There's more; it's 130 lines long. And it's much more than a fictionalized version of Revere's ride. Jill Lepore explained in an op-ed piece in The New York Times yesterday, that " 'Paul Revere's Ride' is less a poem about the Revolutionary War than about the impending Civil War -- and about the conflict over slavery that caused it."
Catholic colleges and universities today find themselves at the forefront of fostering positive interfaith relations with Muslims. According to an article in today’s Washington Post, Muslim students are enrolling at Catholic institutions of higher learning in unprecedented numbers.
A battle royale has been engaged by a mother who is seeking to prevent McDonalds from "luring" children and their parents from buying Happy Meals with toys.
Today's New York Times editorial rightly points out that parents are the responsible party for their children's diet. At what point, however, do states and the federal government have to intervene before a large percentage of our population literally explodes as if in a cartoon?
Pope Benedict XVI’s blunt language on the sexual abuse crisis in his annual address to the Roman Curia this morning is generating headlines around the world, especially the pontiff’s unflinching insistence that the church must examine “what went wrong in our proclamation, in our whole way of living the Christian life, to allow such a thing to happen.”
Benedict's Christmas message: Pope Urges Church to Reflect on Abuse
The BBC's list: The top 10 religion stories of the year
Australia: Catholic Church looks overseas for priests
Previously confidential diplomatic cables released today as part of the Wikileaks disclosures show American diplomats pressing the Vatican to take a more positive line on the aftermath of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, and on genetically modified food.
In an NCR column last spring, I asked, "Is women's ordination old news?" Apparently, it is not. As NCR Managing Editor Dennis Coday shared earlier today, Time magazine included the controversy over the Catholic Church's policy of not ordaining women to the priesthood as the 6th top religion news story of 2010. (Four of the Top 10 stories feature the Vatican.)
An in depth report at Politics Daily, the online newspaper, portrays University of Notre Dame officials as stonewalling the family of a 19-year-old freshman at Notre Dame's sister school, Saint Mary's College, who committed suicide in September, 10 days after reporting that she had been fondled against her will by a Notre Dame football player.
This digital re-relling of the Christmas story transcends every notion of mediated communication. The video also gives us an opportunity to make media the subject of catechesis while it is an instrument of catechesis at the same time.