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NGO disarmament conference slated for Mexico

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The United Nations is gearing up for an annual Non-Governmental Organization Conference on Disarmament in Mexico. The conference entitled “For Peace and Development: Disarm Now!” is set to take place in Mexico City from September 9-11.

The choice is raising some eyebrows. Mexico is a nation "one is not reminded of a peaceful and disarming country, but rather of a brutal drug war, where sophisticated weaponry has killed some 11,000 Mexican people," one web site pointed out.

It is estimated that the United States currently supplies some 90 percent of the firearms going over the border.

By the way, this month marks the 60th anniversary of Moscow's entry into the nuclear club.

The Kennedys Take America to Mass

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Most of the commentary on Senator Kennedy’s Catholicism has focused on the issues he espoused. Most note approvingly his many positions that advocated long held aspects of Catholic social teaching such as his efforts to alleviate poverty, his support for universal health care and his defense of workers’ rights. A minority, and a nasty minority at that, focuses on his pro-abortion rights position.

Religious delegation decries human rights' abuses in Honduras

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A religious delegation recently returned from a week-long visit to Honduras and issued as statement calling upon the U.S.:


  • to be unequivocal and very public in denouncing the brutal human rights violations committed by Honduran military and police forces;

  • to cancel diplomatic as well as tourist and business visas for a broader group of those implicated in orchestrating or leading the coup;

  • to freeze the accounts in U.S. banks of these same coup leaders; and

  • to follow the example of other nations by recalling Ambassador Llorens until the legitimate president of Honduras is restored to office.

Ted Kennedy's Catholicism

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Over on PoliticsDaily.com, David Gibson has one of the more interesting critiques of Ted Kennedy's life and times -- especially as it relates to his Catholicism -- that I have read. A teaser:

It is tempting to view Ted Kennedy's passing as the end of an era, both politically and culturally, but also religiously -- the end of a reform-minded, socially oriented Catholicism that entered the mainstream in the 1960s ...

Yet conservatives shouldn't be too quick to bury the past and proclaim their own orthodoxy as the true heir of the American Catholic future. Surveys of young adult Catholics over recent years have shown that, in many respects, the younger generation resembles Kennedy's approach to faith and politics, with social justice and equality for women and gays as public markers of their religion, and devotion to the sacraments the lodestar of their private devotion.

Read the full column here: Camelot Catholicism: The Once and Future Church?

The world's eyes on Tulsa

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The globalization of information is something we live with every day, so much so that we take it for granted. But every once in a while, some thing happens that draws one's attention to the fact that news, information, is global and that diverse people have common interests

As a case in point, take a look at this sampling of sources and headlines for the last two days or so:

From NCR: Okla. bishop no longer faces people at Mass
From NewsOK.com: Tulsa Bishop to no longer face congregation during Mass
From InfoCatólica: El obispo de Tulsa, Oklahoma, reinstaura la posición «Ad Orientem»
From RKnieuws: Amerikaanse bisschop draagt mis weer op 'met rug naar het volk'
From Le Nouvelliste: À Tulsa (Oklahoma), l'évêque célèbre désormais « ad orientem »
From Agenzia di Stampa Asca: Vescovo usa celebrera' messa con le 'spalle al popolo'
From La Vie: Au Far West, la messe passe à l'Est
From TTX Công Giáo Vi?t Nam: Thánh L? Quay V? H??ng ?ông (Ch'nh trong chi?u h??ng ?y, ??c Cha Edward Slattery, ...)

I guess that it just goes to show you that a good story has legs.

Ted Kennedy: A Lion for Nuclear Disarmament

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Yesterday in this space I reported that in an interview I had with Ted Kennedy in 1981 he said that nuclear disarmament was the greatest challenge we faced as a nation, indeed, as a world family.

Not surprisingly, others are similarly reporting Kennedy's support for ridding the planet of these immoral weapons (Immoral, yes, because, by their very nature [size and contaminants], they cannot discriminate between combatants and noncombatants.)

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