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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.

Niagara University reopens nursing program to alleviate nurse shortage


Niagara University is reopening its nursing program in response to the current nursing shortage and anticipating future demand for nurses, according to this story from The Buffalo News.

The Catholic university reportedly closed its decades-old nursing program in 2002 “due to a steep decline in market demand for nurses.”

The accelerated 12-month program begins in May, and the four-year degree program starts next fall.

Economy fix doesn't involve cutting social safety net


You have a family to feed, kids to educate and older parents to look after. The government isn't giving you any help. Voices scream that Social Security is unreliable, Medicare won't be there much longer and the schools are laying teachers off.

So what do you? You cut back, you hold on -- you don't spend. And because of that, things get worse.

That's the very real picture painted in the Los Angeles Times by columnist Scott Martelle. It's Exhibit One in the case for the social safety net and against the shrill attacks against any government anywhere at all.

Martelle lost his job at the Times in 2008, and describes his life since then: a series of freelance writing jobs, authorship of history books, etc., enough to keep life going, but that's it. His pension from his years at the Times is shaky, as is his wife's from her decades of teaching. Their 401(k) hasn't been contributed to in years and will take years more to regain most of its lost value.

On this day: A New Saint


On this day we celebrate the feast of Saint Luigi Guanella, who was canonized yesterday.

Click here for "Delco man's recovery yields newest saint," by David O'Reilly, from the Philadelphia Inquirer. The article tells of the second miracle performed by Blessed Luigi Guanella on his way to sainthood.

"The 19th-century Italian priest Luigi Guanella was a saintly man, but he might not be getting his halo from the pope on Sunday had William 'Billy' Glisson Jr. practiced safe skating.

Morning Briefing


Vatican City -- Pope names 3 new saints, man disrupts Mass

Vatican City -- Man's miraculous recovery leads priest to sainthood

Australian bishops' ad limina visits: Bishops back Morris sacking "What was at stake was the Church's unity in faith."

Australian bishops' ad limina visits: Bishops issue statement on Bishop Morris' removal. A link to the statement.

Catholics troubled by abuse case in Kansas City

Illinois -- Catholic agencies ordered to transfer children after gay law

Freed U.S. hikers express support for California prisoners on hunger strike


Shane Bauer, Josh Fattal and Sarah Shourd visited Occupy Oakland on Monday, where they expressed support for California prisoners on a hunger strike in protest of their prolonged solitary confinement.

Bauer, Fattal and Shourd were arrested in July 2009 while hiking along the Iran-Iraq border. Shourd was released last year. Bauer and Fattal, who were originally sentenced to eight years in an Iranian prison, were released a month ago.

The prisoner hunger strike, the second such strike in California this year, began Sept. 26. At its peak, the strike involved thousands of prisoners, including inmates from Pelican Bay, a high-security prison where the average length of time spent in solitary confinement is 6.8 years. Some California prisoners have been held in isolation for decades.

Addressing the Oakland "occupiers" from the steps of City Hall, Bauer said he was proud to see an occupation happening in his hometown.


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