Colman McCarthy directs the Center for Teaching Peace, a Washington non-profit.
U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy and Sen. Joseph McCarthy lend shadows to my surname, but there are other people who live up to the Gaelic lineage and meaning of the name, "son of the loving."
My hope for the 117 women who won in the midterm elections is that a few of them will take time to remember Jeannette Rankin, the pacifist and evangelist for women's rights from Missoula, Montana, and the first woman elected to Congress in 1916 at age 36.
I had a glimpse of Thomas Merton's "open heart" when I was researching an article for NCR that would run on Dec. 13, 1967. Not long after my piece ran, Merton let his dislike be known.
More than 150 canonized women and men were vegetarians. Given that animal agriculture is the second largest contributor to greenhouse gas emissions and a leading cause of deforestation, pollution and biodiversity loss, it's time to emulate them.