Food Policy Councils bring together stakeholders from diverse food-related sectors to examine how the food system is operating and to develop recommendations on how to improve it. These councils take different forms: often a grassroots effort, but sometimes commissioned by a state or local government. Food policy councils are successful at educating officials and the public, shaping public policy, improving coordination between existing programs, and starting new programs. The first Food Policy Council started 20 years ago in the city of Knoxville. During the last five years, Food Policy Councils have gained momentum and today there are almost 50 councils nationwide.
How's that for Catholic news? The Irish are now 10-9 in the so-called "Holy War" (or "Vatican Bowl") between the two Catholic universities, after breaking the Eagles' six-game winning streak on Saturday--barely.
Don't talk to me about USC.
The Washington Post has posted an article online today exploring the recent news that the Vatican will be creating special structures for Anglicans wishing to convert to Roman Catholicism.
The article, written by David Gibson, author of "The Rule of Benedict: Pope Benedict XVI and His Battle with the Modern World", claims that the news shows that Benedict is, like any good 'liberal', a fan of change. Gibson also claims that the Pope's type of change completely alters the meaning of being Catholic.
Here's one of the take-away quotes:
October 26th is the feast of St. Alfred the Great!
Alfred found learning dead
and he restored it.
and he revived it.
The laws powerless,
and he gave them force.
The Church debased,
and he raised it.
The land ravaged by a fearful enemy,
from which he delivered it.
Alfred's name will live as long
as mankind shall respect the past.
Ken Briggs, who writes regularly on this site, offered some opinions to Maureen Dowd, whose regular column appeared in today's New York Times.
Said Briggs: Nuns who took Vatican II as a mandate for reimagining their mission “started to look uppity to an awful lot of bishops and priests and, of course, the Vatican.”
Yesterday, I was a guest on NPR's "Tell Me More" with Michel Martin, discussing the Vatican's announcement of an apostolic constitution aimed at helping disaffected Anglicans join the Roman Catholic Church.
New jobs, especially those connected to the rapidly growing economy revolving around energy conservation and pollution reduction, must provide laid-off workers and low-income families the opportunity to shed the title of working poor by having a well-paying job, said Father Larry Snyder, executive director of Catholic Charities USA, during a recent nationwide webinar marking the second Fighting Poverty with Faith initiative.
"As people of faith we can make a difference to develop and shape a new American economy, one that provides a living wage and one that provides the benefits where people don't have to rely on government benefits," Father Snyder said. "We can, and must, work to reshape our economy so there is a balance and pay equity for all workers."
To view the recorded webinar, click here. You may be inspired to engage in volunteer projects, public education, and advocacy on the issue of shared economic prosperity and workforce development that includes "green" pathways out of poverty for working families.
Is the public option back? Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi thinks she has the requisite 218 votes in her chamber and increasingly it looks like some compromise version of a public option, most likely with a trigger, will pass muster in the Senate. Still, it is strange the way the public option has become so defining an issue in the health care debate.
Imagine for a minute that it’s 1954, as segregationists faced Brown vs. the Board of Education, the Supreme Court case which mandated school de-segregation. And imagine that the Vatican, or the Catholic bishops, said to Protestant segregationists in the South, “You can come to our schools, to Catholic schools, and we’ll provide you with a home.” Most Catholics would have been outraged, I daresay. (And of course, precisely the opposite actually happened, as many Catholic bishops were outspoken against racial segregation, and integrated Catholic schools -- thank God).
But it’s a different story with gender segregation or sexual orientation. This is not a perfect analogy, granted. But the Vatican’s overtures to dissident Anglicans sound like those “imagined” 1950’s with a different twist. The Vatican is opening Catholic doors wide to Anglicans who believe in “segregation at the altar,” for women, and for openly gay/lesbian clergy.