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Might Obama one day visit Hiroshima?

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President Obama has said that ridding the world of nuclear weapons is the greatest task of the 21st century.

Now a Japanese family with the name of Shinzeki could conceivably be the means by which Obama could visit Hiroshima, the site of the first U.S. atomic bomb blast on Aug. 6, 1945. No U.S. president has ever visited Hiroshima.
Here is how the invitation could play out from local Japanese citizen into the Obama administration.

College fraternity gets religion

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Here's one way for a college fraternity to 'get religion' - buy a rectory and church. Looks like an upstanding fraternity at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is in the queue to make such a purchase from the Albany, NY Catholic Diocese. Noel Olsen, the diocesan director of real property, said the diocese did an extensive check into the fraternity's background before deciding to go ahead with the sale.

Many women religious heads pleased with Vatican study

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While a good number of U.S. women religious clearly are chagrined that they are the objects of a Vatican study of their religious congregations, a number of U.S. women relgious superiors are expressing gratitude for the Vatican investigation initiated by Cardinal Franc Rodé, Prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life, and being carried out by Mother Clare Millea.

Washington DC children scholarships should continue

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The Washington Post this morning endorsed an extension of D.C.’s Opportunity Scholarship program. The program provides scholarships to poor children in the District whose local public schools are failing and who enroll in private schools, including parochial schools. Earlier this year, the program was nixed entirely under pressure from Illinois Senator Richard Durbin but then the Obama White House stepped in and agreed to a compromise that would allow students currently in the program to continue to receive scholarship assistance through their graduation but did not permit any new enrollees.

More on Weakland: The perks of office

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Archbishop Rembert Weakland, throughout his memoir, “A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church,” is unrelentlingly critical of the church’s hierarchical structure -- its lack of humanity in applying rules, its refusal to foster a consultative model of governance, and its distance from the experience of ordinary people. He had firsthand experience of hierarchical pettiness and, in many instances, church leaders’ deep opposition to any of the reforms of Vatican II.

Yet Weakland took advantage of the perks of office when his position was threatened, and in the book he mounts a defense of the system in his analysis of the sex abuse crisis.

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