Calling it “a major step forward,” the U.S. Jesuits, the Jesuit Refugee Service/USA, and the Kino Border Initiative, a bi-national border ministry, have added their voices to Catholic groups welcoming President Obama’s executive order to provide immigration relief. They added that there remains much work to be done.
Peace & Justice
Teens and young adults have been at the core of the action in Ferguson, and they have challenged clergy and community leaders to join them more fully.
We say: It is fascinating in this era of episcopal fixation on religious liberty to hear little objection to ongoing wars, drone campaigns and increasing militarism of U.S. culture.
Well, 'tis the season for pardoning turkeys at the White House. There is an online petition asking President Barack Obama to pardon a GMO-free, pasture-raised turkey this year. The president has pardoned at least two turkeys a year since taking office, and he has pardoned or commuted the sentences of 61 people. I can't find any record of his having pardoned anybody in 2014. But he will pardon those two turkeys this week.
The story of how the government has tried to silence the school's critics is also the story of how SOA-trained officers have silenced its victims forever.
Fr. Ismael Moreno, known as Padre Melo, was friends with the Jesuit priests slain by SOA graduates in El Salvador in 1989.
Do you know what a talent is? In the biblical sense, it's not the ability to carry a tune or the instinct for making a fortune on the stock market. A talent is a measure of weight, specifically the typical weight of a soldier's pack, something in the range of 75 to 100 pounds. As it is used in this parable, it refers to the weight of the coins entrusted to three servants. The talents the master gave his servants made a heavy load of very valuable coins; one talent is estimated to be worth something like a million dollars in today's money.
I had the opportunity to travel to Jeju Island off the coast of South Korea in the East China Sea from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4. I previously spent four days in Manila, Philippines, where I was invited to speak at the first Asia Pacific Dialogue on Human Rights and Respect for the Dignity of Life with the theme: "No Justice Without Life." I left an amazing community in Manila standing for life and justice and saying "No" to state-sponsored killing.
Commentary: Today, it wouldn't be Gandhi's notions, but an advanced form of nonviolent conflict burnished by the experience of hundreds of social movements in Gandhi's wake.
Making a Difference: Just imagine for a moment that you have no home. What will you do for meals today? If you have children, how will you provide for them?