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But what about Catholic Republicans?


But what about Catholic Republicans? asks Amy Sullivan over on the Articles of Faith.

“They have as much or more influence than evangelicals, and yet all of the attention has been on evangelicals,” says Professor Mark Rozell, who studies the religious right at George Mason University.

Read the full story: How Catholic Conservatives Could Quietly Remake the Republican Presidential Race

The golden calf of Wall Street


This week on Interfaith Voices, I interviewed James Salt of Catholics United and Fr. Brian Merritt of Palisades Community Church in northwest D.C. Both have been part of Occupy D.C., the local version of Occupy Wall Street.

James Salt was one of the initiators of a large paper mache "golden calf," created by a growing religious contingent that is part of the Occupy Wall Street movement nationwide. The calf image was made to look like the Wall Street bull and was carried from Judson Memorial Church in New York to the Wall Street encampment -- with great cheers. Moses would have loved it!

Hope&Joy in South Africa: An interview with Raymond Perrier, part two


This is the second in a two-part interview with Raymond Perrier, the director of South Africa's Jesuit Institute, which initiated the Hope&Joy program. Read the first part of the interview here.

NCR: Unity seems a strong theme of "Hope&Joy."
RP: We needed to find a device, a methodology, that would ensure that all people could come together across the full spectrum of Catholicism, to provide a platform where everyone who identifies themselves as Catholic could sit comfortably.

This device, or idea, is that our church is the church of Vatican II. In one way or another, we have ended up with everyone included in "Hope&Joy."

A Vatican III initiative would have delighted a few, but it would have been alienating and jumping way ahead. "Hope&Joy" says: Let's complete Vatican II before we start new things. There is so much of the Second Vatican Council to explore, contemplate, and put into practice.

The people have bought into this idea.

Hope&Joy in South Africa: An interview with Raymond Perrier, part one


Raymond Perrier, 45, is the director of South Africa's Jesuit Institute. He looks younger than his years, has a ready smile and is known for his outgoing personality. He is engaging and articulate, and it is easy to see how his energy might be interpreted by some as ambition rather than passion to do something meaningful for the people of God in South Africa.

More resources on 'Quest for the Living God'


In a statement released this morning from the U.S. Catholic Conference, the bishops’ Committee on Doctrine reaffirmed their March critique of the book “Quest For The Living God” By St. Joseph Sr. Elizabeth Johnson, saying it is an inadequate expression of Catholic faith.

Sr. Elizabeth Johnson responded to the reaffirmation this morning.

Jesuit Fr. Michael Buckley wrote a column for NCR on the fact that the bishops seem to have ignored the guidelines laid out by "Doctrinal Responsibilities."

Check out more NCR coverage.

On this day: Statue of Liberty


On this day we celebrate the 125th anniversary of the dedication of the Statue of Liberty.

"In October, 1886, there was unveiled on Bedloe's Island, New York harbor, a statue of 'Liberty Enlightening the World.' It was designed by M. Bartholdi and paid for by the contributions of 100,000 citizens of France, a country which had recently regained a republican form of government. The pedestal was built with money raised in the United States. This statue renewed the ancient feeling of gratitude to France, the oldest friend of our Republic."

--History of the United States for Catholic Schools, by Charles Hallan McCarthy, American Book Company, 1919, page 428.


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July 14-27, 2017