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McCarrick Reveals Communication Between Kennedy and Benedict


Retired Washington Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, at Arlington National Cemetary last night, provided some highlights of a heretofore private communication between Senator Edward Kennedy and Pope Benedict XVI.

In the letter, delivered to the Holy Father by President Obama during their July visit, Kennedy wrote: "I want you to know, your Holiness, that in my nearly 50 years of elective office I have done my best to champion the rights of the poor and open doors of economic opportunity. I've worked to welcome the immigrant, to fight discrimination and expand access to health care and education. I've opposed the death penalty and fought to end war. Those are the issues that have motivated me and have been the focus of my work as a United States Senator."

Making Clear What Rome is Up To


All sorts of people keep saying they have no idea why the Vatican is investigating nuns. It's conceivable, I suppose, that someone could have missed the last 40 years of strained relations between Rome and U.S. sisters, and it's true that the investigation wasn't accompanied by a large print set of objectives, but otherwise it's either disengenuous or an evasive strategy in some grander design. In any case, it's unnerving to hear people pretend the gorilla isn't in the room.

Interfaith Voices looks at Vatican probes of U.S. Nuns


The lead segment on the radio program, Interfaith Voices, this week looks at the Vatican investigations of American nuns, both the “apostolic visitation” and the “doctrinal assessment” of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR).

Guests include Kevin Eckstrom, editor of Religion News Service, who acknowledges that we don’t know the deep reasons behind the probes, but lays out what we do know, and offers his conjectures about the future. He is followed by an exchange between conservative Ann Carey, author of Sisters in Crisis: The Tragic Unraveling of Women’s Religious Communities, and Benedictine Sr. Joan Chittister, former president of LCWR, prolific author of 40 plus books on spirituality, and regular columnist with NCR. It’s a polite conversation, with lots of feeling!

tHere’s the link to listen on line.

Card. O'Malley to Preside at Kennedy Funeral


The Boston Globe is reporting that Cardinal Sean O’Malley will preside at the funeral Mass for Sen. Ted Kennedy tomorrow at the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

As previously noted, the crazies on the rightwing have already begun attacking the Cardinal for even permitting the Mass. Some blogs have denounced permitting President Obama to deliver the eulogy. But, wait until there are pictures!

The Venom Against Sen. Kennedy


You knew it was coming. The venom that has been spewed at Senator Ted Kennedy by certain rightwing Catholics is starting to be spewed at Boston’s Cardinal-Archbishop. In a letter to Cardinal O’Malley posted on the website of the American Life League, Judie Brown writes: “We are aware of the impending disaster that is about to take place at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Basilica in your Archdiocese…We are therefore astounded that you are permitting a funeral Mass for this man at the Basilica, and that you have obviously approved the appearance of President Barack Obama, the United States president who has done more to facilitate the direct killing of innocent children before birth than any president in the history of this nation.”

Change in adult catechism accepted


U.S. Catholic catechism changes language on covenant with Jews

The Vatican has approved the U.S. bishops' 2008 decision to change a sentence in the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults that called God's covenant with the Jewish people "eternally valid for them."

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced Aug. 27 that approval of the change had come from the Vatican Congregation for the Clergy, which oversees catechetical activity in the church.

How Sen. Kennedy made me a better Catholic


In my front foyer hangs a signed, framed copy of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's 1994 campaign poster. The headline of the piece reads "His Voice is Always Heard."

I was a college intern in the senator's Boston office the summer of 1994, the last time we debated access to healthcare as a nation, and the last time that we needed to be reminded of Sen. Kennedy's importance. A year later, I was hired to be a staffer in the district office, where I worked for three years. Just out of college and embarking on a career, my experience as an aide to Sen. Kennedy also helped me to understand my Catholic faith better. It shaped my values and made me who I am today.

Critical moment for democracy in Honduras


The State Department signaled Thursday the Obama administration is ready to take tougher action against the defacto leadership in Honduras because of the political impasse over President Manuel Zelaya's ouster in June.

The Associated Press has reported that Washington officials say Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to make a formal determination as early as today that the ouster of Mr. Zelaya was an extra-legal coup, action that would set in motion deep cuts in U.S. aid, and other steps against the interim government.

Echoing this new development, Eric LeCompte, National Organizer for the School of the Americas Watch today send out this email:


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