This afternoon, Pope Benedict XVI visited the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, at Lambeth Palace in London. Shortly after the meeting, the two leaders issued a joint statement, which appears below.
"The fierce debate over whether to extend Bush-era tax cuts has become front-page news and provoked a steady stream of punditry as the midterm elections approach," writes John Gehring of Faith in Public Life.
Gehring says, "There is some pretty specific language in Catholic social teaching about 'reasonable and fair application of taxes.' "
He is urging Catholic leaders to speak up in the debate.
From September 14-19, the 30th Anniversary Conference of the Right Livelihood Award takes place, hosted by the City of Bonn, Germany. About 80 Right Livelihood laureates gather to discuss the world's most urgent problems, to call for change, inspire, give hope and celebrate 30 years of the Right Livelihood Award.
Civil society organizations, NGOs, business, academia, activists, entrepreneurs and students have the opportunity to meet the Right Livelihood awardees, discussing their work, comparing their approaches with their own.
LONDON -- A great irony of Pope Benedict XVI’s approach to relations with other religions is that this theologian-pope has to some extent dethroned theology, in favor of what he calls “inter-cultural” dialogue. By that, he means focusing on social, cultural and political concerns where the religions agree, rather than on matters of doctrine where they don’t.
CNN featured the Roman Catholic Women Priests Movement on its Emmy-nominated American Morning show today, September 16, 2010. Rev. Andrea Johnson and Rev. Gloria Carpeneto were interviewed and shown leading a small Eucharistic community of mostly women. The footage was compelling. Except for the gender of the celebrants, this could have been a regular parish mass.
The National Survivor Advocates Coalition responded to Pope Benedict’s statement today that the “we weren’t fast enough” on the sexual abuse crisis with a pointed question, “What’s holding you back now?”
LONDON -- Day one of Benedict XVI's Sept. 16-19 trip to the United Kingdom has featured new comments from the pope on the sexual abuse crisis. Aboard the papal plane en route to Scotland, Benedict took five questions from reporters, including one on the crisis.
LONDON -- In the abstract, if you were to pick the Vatican personality least likely to cause a diplomatic and media row on the eve of a papal trip, it would probably be Cardinal Walter Kasper, who recently retired after a decade as the pope’s top official for ecumenism and relations with Jews.
I'm a big fan on the NPR show "Speaking of Faith with Kristi Tippett" (usually broadcast at 7 a.m. Sunday mornings). It's a thoughtful place for journalism and discussion about deep subjects.
Over the summer the show announced a name change to "Being." My first thought was "Blech."
I've since visited the show's website, where host Tippett explains the reasoning behind the name change (and her own trepidation) in a letter to listeners--and a sample of the hundreds of comments from angry and supportive fans.