Unanimous R.I. House seeks pardon in 1845 hanging a case anti-Irish, anti-Catholic discrimination
The Ugandan bill that would impose the death penalty on some gays and lesbians was scheduled to be debated today. By chance, however, a walkout by female members of Parliament because of a dispute over an unrelated bill cancelled the debate.
"We were saved by the lack of quorum," said Frank Mugisha, the director of the gay rights group Sexual Minorities Uganda. Mugisha and others believe that the bill might have passed today because so many members of Parliament were in favor of it.
The Tablet (of London) is reporting today that:
Last year, Berger published a book, Der heilige Schein. Als schwuler Theologe in der katholischen Kirche (The Holy Illusion: A Gay Theologian in the Catholic Church), and gave this interview to Der Spiegel: The church's homophobia and its shift to the right.
Last July, in this space, I wrote that “if you want to spend a strange afternoon, google ‘Scott Bloch’ and just see what pops up. Too weird for words.”
Don’t say you weren’t warned – and it’s getting stranger yet.
The Washington Post reports today that Bloch, former “Special Counsel of the United States” under George W. Bush, has filed a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) suit against Karl Rove and others seeking $200 million in damages. Even in a town where it takes a “billion here and a billion there and pretty soon we’re talking about real money,” that’s real money. Prison sentences of the kind Bloch recently received, it seems, do not make the heart grow fonder.
HT to the Religion News Service Blog:
[RNS'] own Dan Burke will have more on this later today. A Presby pastor who was tried and acquitted for marrying two lesbians calls it the "moral awakening of mainstream Christianity."
NCR will post Burke's piece from Religion News Service as soon as it is available.
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has written a circular letter to bishops' conferences around the world on preparing policies and guidelines for dealing with cases of clerical sexual abuse of minors.
The Vatican press office announced May 11 that it would release the text of the letter May 16.
On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Francis Jerome (1642-1716). He begged his Jesuit superiors to send him to the foreign missions, but they told him to "concentrate all his zeal and energy on the city and Kingdom of Naples".
He became a renowned preacher, in the church and on the streets, in the city and in the surrounding hamlets. Among those he brought back to the sacraments was Marie Alvira Cassier.
-- Alvira, The Heroine of Vesuvius: A Remarkable Sensation of the Seventeenth Century, Founded on Facts Recorded in the Acts of Canonization of St. Francis of Jerome, by Rev. A. J. O'Reilly, D. D., Sadlier, 1885.
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Did you get a chance to read the latest chapter in the very revealing saga of the sacked Australian bishop, William Morris?
NCR Editor at Large has been following the story and reports on today's Web site that Morris, referring to a report written by Archbishop Charles Chaput, said to Roberts he knows it exists because Chaput sent him an e-mail 'telling me that he'd sent an electronic copy as well as a hard copy to the dicastery for bishops, and then he did what he was supposed to do. He destroyed both the electronic copy and the hard copy, so he didn't have a copy any more.'"
A couple of weeks ago I visited a friend in a nursing home. On the way out I shared the elevator with an aide, a middle-aged woman wheeling out a barrel of trash. I was thinking what a tough job it was, and she took me by surprise as I got off, saying warmly, "Have a nice day."