ROME -- December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, a national holiday in Italy. For those Americans who may wonder what Cardinal Bernard Law is up to these days, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception also provides one piece of the answer.
I know some Catholics and other Christians are offended by the Christmas-debunking billboard ('You know it’s a myth. This season, celebrate reason!") outside New York's Lincoln Tunnel.
And some Catholics are other Christians are cheering the Catholic League's response to the American Athetists' ad: a billboard of its own at the tunnel's other end, proclaiming, "You Know It’s Real: This Season Celebrate Jesus."
But, once again, Stephen Colbert has the most insightful wisdom on this religious controversy.
A School of Americas Watch activist has been physically assaulted in prison and is now being held in solitary confinement with a cell mate under protective custody, says a letter to his family and friends.
The letter, dictated by imprisoned activist Michael David Omondi over the phone from Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla, Ga., describes an incident where Omondi and a fellow prisoner faced "the threat of microwave heated detergent being poured on our skin."
As Omondi describes the incident in the letter:
This from Pax Christi:
Washington, D.C.--Abolition 2000, the global umbrella group representing over 2000 peace and nuclear disarmament groups worldwide, has written to the heads of states that have nuclear weapons capabilities, urging them to move to as low an operational status for those nuclear weapon systems as possible as a first step to the complete elimination of nuclear weapons and the implementation of a global nuclear weapons convention that would provide a legal framework permanently outlawing nuclear weapons.
“If we want to step back from the brink of self-destruction, God will help us do so, but if we choose the other path, God will start over with the amoeba. Which shall it be for us?”
There is a lot of talk today about the Obama and Republican leadership tax agreement with many observers saying this indicates how the president plans to govern in the next two years. We shall see. But this much we know already.
Take note of this paragraph from today's New York Times
The "pain" and "hurt" words are being used again, this time by Archbishop Joseph Tobin, to distract attention away from the real problems.
This time the language of empathy is aimed at American sisters, assuring them that Rome feels their anger and resentment over the investigation of their beliefs and lifestyles. As if "identifying" changes anything substantial.
Fewer working class people are living their lives according to "family values" -- and the search is on to figure out why.
The issue is addressed in a column by Ross Douthat in The New York Times. He notes that for years the "culture wars" were fought along a neat dichotomy: better educated, better paid people strove for freedom from religion and restrictions, while less-educated blue collar workers formed a "Moral Majority" that pushed for "values" in areas such as sexuality and marriage.
ROME -- Rome must acknowledge the “depth of anger and hurt” provoked by a visitation of American nuns, the Vatican’s number two official for religious life has said, saying it illustrates the need for a “strategy of reconciliation” with women religious.
The Star-Ledger report: Newark archbishop shielded at least 4 priests accused of sexual abuse
Newark archdiocese repsonse: "What the Star Ledger Story Didn't Tell You About Our Commitment to Communication and to Protecting Children"
Small film making big wavesOrinda, Calif., Theatre Airs 'Pink Smoke Over the Vatican'