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Standing up for peace amid the \"yo-yos\" of the US Congress

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It was all rather disgusting. There they were, the members of the highest legislative body of the world's only superpower, flying up and down like so many yo-yos, applauding wildly, every few minutes or seconds, the most outrageous lies and distortions of Binyamin Netanyahu. – Israeli writer, Uri Avnery, "Bibi and the Yo-yos."

The expression of support for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during his speech before Congress this week was almost unanimous.

To a person, the U.S. lawmakers rose and applauded, 29 times, four times more than they did for President Obama's Inaugural Address.

But seated in the Capitol Gallery was one young woman who withheld her adulation: Rae Abileah, a Jewish-American of Israeli descent and member of the peace group CODEPINK.

The John Jay report on sex abuse: the question of the time period

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Tom Roberts of NCR is a guest on Interfaith Voices this week, discussing the John Jay report on the causes and context of sex abuse in the Catholic Church. That report covers the period from 1950 to 2010.

As Tom points out, the entire study is severely hampered by the fact that it had only the data supplied by the Catholic bishops and their chancery offices. And then, it had data only from cases that were certifiable as sex abuse, not questionable cases.

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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