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Bishop to testify in Congress today on religious liberty


The U.S. bishops are taking their new effort to protect religious freedom to Congress.

Bishop William Lori, head of the Bridgeport, Conn., diocese and chair of the bishops' new ad hoc committee on religious liberty, is set to testify this afternoon before the House of Representatives subcommittee that deals with issues of constitutional rights.

On this day: Bl. Celine Borzecka


On this day we celebrate the feast of Blessed Celine Borzecka (1833-1913), Foundress of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Resurrection.

"The Congregation of the Sisters of the Resurrection was founded in Rome in 1891 by a widow, Celine Borzecka, and her daughter, Hedwig. The formation of the Congregation was the first time in the history of the Catholic Church that a religious community of women was founded by a mother and daughter."

--from the web site of the Castleton, New York, Congregation of the Sisters of the Resurrection.

Morning Briefing


Letter: Response by Bishop William Morris to the Australian Catholic Bishops Statement of 22 October 2011. This link opens a pdf document.

AP Exclusive: Exodus as pope's Legion of Christ reform lags. Disillusioned members are leaving the movement in droves.

A round up of opinions: Does Pope Benedict support Occupy Wall Street?

One man's opinion: The Pope, Chaplain to Occupy Wall Street? Rubbish by George Weigel

Attention NCR readers in Chicago


The Simpson Center at Loyola University in Chicago (Lake Shore Campus) is hosting a symposium on women deacons Thursday October 27 4-6 p.m.

Susan A. Ross, professor of theology at Loyola will chair a panel with Gary Macy of Santa Clara University, William T. Ditewig, a deacon from Monterey, and Phyllis Zagano, an NCR columnist and senior research associate-in-residence at Hofstra University. For more details, read this.

Macy, Ditewig and Zagano will be launching their book Women Deacons: Past, Present, Future.

The event will also mark the opening of The Phyllis Zagano Papers at the Loyola Women & Leadership Archives.

Listen to Tom Roberts...from Australia


Tom Roberts, NCR's editor at large, has been making the rounds promoting his new book, The Emerging Catholic Church: A Community's Search for Itself.

Yesterday, he found himself on a radio show with ABC -- the Australian Broadcasting Network. In a wide-ranging 40-minute interview, Tom covered his work covering the sex abuse crisis, and how he views the future, emerging, church.

Well worth a listen. Head on over to ABC to hear it.

And if you want to get yourself a copy of the book, just click here.

Who made the decisions for the church through the years?


Thanks to those who commented on my recent piece about the history of slavery (Dissent: Lessons from Slavery, Sept. 28) and how totally the church's view of that peculiar institution changed. My intention was not to criticize church leaders for failing for so long to recognize slavery as intrinsically evil (though they certainly could be criticized), but to present a single issue, a moral issue at that, which came to be seen in a new and different light in a new age. If Catholics, right and left, can agree that real change can and does occur, then we may have taken a first step toward a balanced dialogue on the currently red-hot topic of dissent in the Catholic Church.


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