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Drones: The new arms race


Welcome to the 21st century version of the arms race -- drones. According to a story in today's Washington Post, development of drone technology has become all the rage in other countries given the "success" the U.S. has shown in their use in reconnaissance and in attacking targets.

As the story notes, the unmanned crafts are small, inexpensive compared to conventional weapons, deadly, and achieve their goals without the concomitant mess of soldiers coming home in body bags. Recent experience has also shown that few in the United States have been upset by the deaths of unknown civilians in rural Pakistan.

On this day: St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria


On this day we remember St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria.

"Anthony Mary was born in Cremona, Italy in early December of 1502 to the noble family of Zaccaria. His family had given the city over the years, no less than eighteen governors. His father, Lazzaro, died young when Anthony was still an infant.

"His mother, Antonietta Pescaroli, a widow at 18 years of age, might have accepted any of the numerous suitors for marriage. With her great attractiveness, her gifted mind and vast wealth, there was every promise of a brilliant future ahead. However, she refused every offer so that she could devote her­self entirely to works of charity and the education of her son.

Morning Briefing


Happy Independence Day


A wonderful quote I'd never seen before, shared by my friend and fellow Catholic freelance writer Maria Ruiz Scaperlanda:

"Whereas nationalism involves recognizing and pursing the good of one's own nation alone, without regard for the rights of others, patriotism, on the other hand, is a love for one's native land that accords rights to all other nations equal to those claimed for one's own. Patriotism, in other words, leads to a properly ordered social love." --Pope John Paul II in Memory and Identity: Conversations at the Dawn of a Millennium (Rizzoli, 2005)

Great food for thought on our country's Independence Day.

Ireland braces for new report on sex abuse


"A long-awaited report into the handling of clerical child sex abuse allegations in the Diocese of Cloyne is due to be made public within weeks," begins a report today in The Irish Times.

Minister for Justice Alan Shatter said today the report "is expected to be brought before Cabinet on Tuesday, July 12th and published shortly afterwards" according to the paper. The story says the report on the Cloyne diocese will focus on allegations of child sexual abuse against 19 priests who served there between 1996 and 2009.

Read the entire story here.

View of new texts by an educator with children


In a parish in New South Wales, a public reading of the new translation of the Confiteor was met with “gales of laughter” by the congregation, according to Melanie Lately, who posted her report and reaction on the website of the Association of Catholic priests.

There may be a funny side to it all (she envisions a scene out of Monty Python) but there’s a serious side, too. This educator and mother of children in Catholic schools wonders if anyone’s thought through the implications of teaching youngsters to repeatedly beat their breasts and utter “through my fault, through my fault, through my most grievous fault,” essentially, in her view, pronouncing themselves “inwardly filthy.”

Read the entire post here .

KC bishop questions morality of building nuclear weapons


Kansas City – St. Joseph Bishop Robert Finn July 1 questioned the morality of building new nuclear weapons and modernizing existing ones as he met with a group of local reporters.

The issue is not abstract for local Catholics as the U.S. government is constructing a new nuclear weapons plant south of Kansas City. The plant, which broke ground last September, will produce non-nuclear parts for the nation’s nuclear weapons. It will replace a controversial aging plant that has been making nuclear parts for several decades.


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In This Issue

October 21-November 3, 2016

  • Reformation's anniversary brings commemorations, reconsiderations
  • Picks further diversify College of Cardinals
  • Editorial: One-issue obsession imperils credibility
  • Special Section [Print Only]: SAINTS