On this day in history, in the early morning hours of August 6, 1945, a B-29 bomber named Enola Gay took off from the island of Tinian and headed north by northwest toward Japan. The bomber's primary target was the city of Hiroshima, located on the deltas of southwestern Honshu Island facing the Inland Sea. Hiroshima had a civilian population of almost 300,000 and was an important military center, containing about 43,000 soldiers.
A US delegation in Honduras, sponsored by the Quixote Center, has heard numerous reports of human rights violations, and has sent the following to the U.S. Ambassador in that country:
“Given the most recent example of state-sponsored repression in San Pedro Sula on Monday, and in light of the clear illegality and unconstitutionality of the coup government, it is essential that the United States Government formally and unequivocally name this a coup d'etat.
Bill Donahue is on a rampage--again. The president of the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights is usually busy blasting "anti-Catholicism," which he defines as the views of anyone who disagrees with his conservative view of the church. Now he's going broader. In "Secular Sabotage," his new book to be released Sept. 2 by FaithWorks, Donahue accuses extremist liberals of "destroying religion and culture in America," as the book's subtitle accuses.
Although today, August 5, 2009, is the 42nd anniversary of my entering my religious community of the Daughters of St. Paul, it’s not the commemoration of “the call” that brought me here. I got my vocation on the 4th of July, 1967, right after lunch, at the Del Mar County Fair in San Diego.
Does an investigation by any other name feel as frightening? The apostolic visitation of women’s religious orders surely has the flavor of an investigation, especially when it was announced that doctrinal issues would be part of the visitor’s brief.
Four congregations of Catholic sisters came together for a peace conference, titled "Together, Creating a Culture of Peace" on Aug. 2 in La Crosse, Wis.
Would God back universal health care? In case you missed it, that’s the title of an op-ed piece that appeared in USA Today July 27 – a marvelous overview of how the God of the Jews, the Christians and the Muslims might weigh in on the health care debate.
St. John’s University and College of St. Benedict professor Miguel Diaz id has now officially been confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the next ambassador to the Vatican.
The New York Post had an article this morning describing the results of a Journal of the American Medical Association study showing a jump to 19 percent from 14 percent of people suffering from post traumatic stress now than immediately after the 9/11 attacks. In addition, the study concluded that "it turned out that there were significant correlations between soldiers "with high levels of horrific experiences" and those caught up in the chilling saga of 9/11."