Two Catholic leaders called on the U.S. Senate to pass the Smarter Sentencing Act, which would reform rigid sentencing policies for certain nonviolent drug offenders.
Peace & Justice
"The culture of comfort, which makes us think only of ourselves, makes us insensitive to the cries of other people."
Book review: If we claim to be supporters of justice, nonviolence and environmentalism, can we still engage in common practices such as eating meat, owning pets and hunting?
A lot gets written about waste, fraud and abuse, particularly regarding food stamps and other forms of aid to the poor. Here's Jon Stewart mocking some reporting of food stamp abuse:
The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has removed Franciscan Fr. Jerry Zawada's public priestly faculties for "a life of prayer and penance."
Decades of bloody conflict that claimed tens of thousands of lives was declared over when the Philippine government on Thursday signed a peace agreement with the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
Hundreds have been killed in the Philippines allegedly by members of the security forces since 2001, including the brother of retired Archbishop Fernando Capalla.
What would a commitment to nonviolence look like here in the United States? I've been considering how much we spend weapons and operations, and I'll have more blogs on that topic during this Lent, but the other side of the coin, which we never look at, is whether war is an effective strategy.
IN THE COMPANY OF THE POOR: CONVERSATIONS WITH DR. PAUL FARMER AND FR. GUSTAVO GUTIÉRREZ
Edited by Michael Griffin and Jennie Weiss Block
Published by Orbis Books, $24
"If you look at history, change comes from the bottom up, not from the top down," Spanish Benedictine Sr. Teresa Forcades said.