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On this day: The Visitation

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On this day we celebrate the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her kinswoman, Elizabeth.

"Here is a rare glimpse of female reproductive power as both physically nurturing and politically revolutionary. 'The two pregnant women beat the drum of God's world revolution,' starting with the option for debased women and then including all the starving, powerless, and oppressed. . . . Clearly this is a picture of Mary that is the complete opposite of the passive, humble handmaid of the patriarchal imagination. . . . it portrays women looking to each other for validation of their authority rather than to men."

--Truly Our Sister: A Theology of Mary in the Communion of Saints, by Elizabeth A. Johnson, Continuum, 2003, page 260.

Morning Briefing

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20 Salvadorans indicted for killing of Jesuits

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According to a story posted on The Huffington Post today, A court in Spain has indicted 20 Salvadorans for the 1989 slaying of six Jesuit priests, their housekeeper and her daughter during that Central American country's civil war.

One of the principal investigators leading to the indictment was California's Center for Justice and Accountability. Read the entire story here.

Joe Feuerherd shaped minds, touched hearts

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(Update: Latest funeral notes, including directions to funeral Mass below.)


The NCR staff has received a number of tributes to Joe Feuerherd, NCR Publisher and Editor-in-Chief following his death Thursday. The following are just a few:


Annette Lomont, NCR Board chair


I loved working with Joe. He was competent, creative, fun, and very proud of NCR. In an email to me at the end of April, he wrote, “The print edition of NCR over the past several issues has been as good as anything we've ever put out.

Needed discussion about sex offenders: part 2

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I've been struggling for two weeks to write these two blogs on sex offenders. A friend said, "If it's so hard, why do it?" My answer is that I know it is important to talk about our feelings towards the least among us.

Actually, a friend of mine who was convicted for possession of child pornography on his computer hates being referred to as "the least among us." He's right. He's a person and whether saint or sinner is not for me to judge. He says he downloaded a batch of porn and didn't know the pictures of children were there. He says he never saw them. He served seven years in prison and he's angry.

Morning Briefing

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Joe's passing

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All of us here at NCR's world headquarters in Kansas City, MO. are coping to get through a difficult day. Word came to us this morning that Joe Feuerherd, our friend, colleague, publisher and editor-in-chief had died, family at his side, in a hospice center in Rockville, MD.

Joe had been living with cancer for more than a year-and-a-half. He was always upbeat, cheerful, and encouraging. He was very brave.

German Catholics call for reform

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German theologians, youth and church workers are petition their bishops and Rome for reform.

The Associated Press reports:

The Vatican has not responded to the petitions, but the German Bishops Conference sought to address the issue in March by announcing a series of platforms for dialogue "aimed at giving our church in Germany a theological profile and sense of cohesion in this new century."

Many would welcome a signal from the pope that he supports such discussion, but there are no exchanges with parishioners or lay people scheduled during his Sept. 22-25 visit to Berlin and eastern Germany.

Read the full story: German Catholics call for reform, many leaving

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