ROME -- New government pressures on the Catholic church in China, including the election of an illicitly ordained bishop as the new president of a government-controlled bishops’ conference, threaten to “turn the clock back to the times of Mao Zedong,” according to an influential Vatican China-watcher.
On his God's Politics blog, Jim Wallis says that President Obama should have fought tax cuts for the wealthy.
Read the full entry: President Obama Should Have Fought This One
A press release from the Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests:
In her just-released book, Living Gospel Equality Now, Loving in the Heart of God: A Roman Catholic Women Priest Story," Bridget Mary Meehan shares her journey to priesthood as a Roman Catholic woman. See: Living Gospel Equality Now
The following "press release" is an imagined dialogue between the Pope and Bridget Mary.
Pope Benedict: It's Jesus' fault. He didn't ordain women priests. Why blame me for everything?
Bridget Mary: Don't blame Jesus! He didn't ordain anyone -- male or female.
Pope Benedict: He had only male Apostles.
Maryland is a blue, blue state. So blue, in fact, that the Democrats gained seats in the state Senate this past November when Republicans were racking up big wins elsewhere. And Democratic Governor Martin O’Malley won re-election by a healthy margin.
Now, in spite of historic opposition by both the Catholic bishops and the black churches, the state appears to be in a position to join a growing number of jurisdictions in approving same-sex marriage.
The neighboring District of Columbia approved such a measure in March of this year.
The leadership in the House of Delegates says they have the votes to pass such a measure, but the state Senate may have to overcome a filibuster. If that is successful, Governor O’Malley, a Catholic himself, is prepared to sign such legislation.
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Catholic commentator Tom Roeser is hopping mad. But then he's almost always hopping mad. This week, however, he's ticked off at Chicago journalist Carol Marin. But then he's almost always ticked off at her.
In his Monday blog post, Roeser (who wears a number of hats, including as Chicago correspondent for "The Wanderer") took Marin to task for her Saturday column about last week's move toward legalizing civil unions in Illinois.
Marin pointed out in her "Sun-Times" piece that Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, House Speaker Mike Madigan and Governor Patrick Quinn are all Catholic.
From The Des Moines Register:
The letter was written in November and first sent to parishioners. It was released to the general public today in response to news coverage of a legislative effort to pass a law that further restrict late-term abortions in Iowa.
The Diocese of Des Moines Catholic includes 82 parishes in 23 counties in central and southwest Iowa.
Hat Tip to Kathy Shaw at AbuseTracker:
Acts 4 Ministry is providing winter coats and other warm clothing for the six men who will speak of their victimization at the Dec. 21 sentencing hearing of Douglas Perlitz, a 1992 graduate of Fairfield University who pleaded guilty in August to sexually abusing one boy at the Project Pierre Toussaint school in Cap-Haitien, Haiti, where he was director.
Read the full report: Charity clothing Haitian witnesses in sex abuse case
The former CBS news anchor looks at Lefevrites and a Minneapolis lay-led Catholic community in the one-hour report, True Believers. NCR’s senior correspondent, John Allen, is among those interviewed. A transcript of the report can be found here, and the show is available on Itunes.
Billings, Mont.: New Catholic priest brings wife, kids with him
Champion, Wis.: Catholic Church elevates site where nun saw Virgin Mary in 1859
It seems we're celebrating the feast of the Immaculate Conception in a unique way today here at NCR.
We're celebrating by recognizing those ever-prescient prophets and brothers, the Berrigans. We've got three stories on our Web site today that take inspiration from their lives and witness.
First, there's my report from a talk Dan Berrigan gave in New York early last week. That talk was a rare glimpse at what the now-89-year-old priest poet is thinking and feeling.
Dan's message in turn spurred us to write an editorial on U.S. military policy: Quiet cancer of militarism on the US soul.
And, to add even more to our celebration, Jesuit Fr. John Dear, writing in his weekly 'On the Road to Peace' column, takes a look at Phil Berrigan's life on the eighth anniversary of his death.
Dear's thought for how we can celebrate Phil's life this Advent?