What makes this story especially newsworthy is that parishes and dioceses around the country, like the Diocese of St. Augustine, Fla., are also downsizing whether due to a lack of priests or a lack of money and need to be cognizant of discrimination issues. The leadership in the Diocese of St. Augustine most likely did not intend to discriminate against Hispanic employees, but the impact of their decisions had the likely affect of discrimination, according to the Florida Commission on Human Rights. Of course, the diocese disputes the claim.
From ABC News:
At least 116 people have been reported dead in Joplin. Authorities say 25 percent to 30 percent of the city has been damaged by the tornado, which was reportedly one mile wide, with winds of nearly 200 mph.
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency Sunday evening and activated the National Guard.
Find out how to help this city, 160 miles south of Kansas City.
On this day, Bob Dylan turns 70.
Happy Birthday to a great American songwriter, a brilliant poet, the voice of a generation!
It's been a little strange in the last few days to see the efforts some are making to reinterpret the '60s and '70s to suit their own purposes.
The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling Monday that will force California to greatly reduce its prison populations is raising concerns here over how many of those inmates will end up in county jails or released.
Rice High School Catholic School in Harlem Is Closing Over Financial Woes
St. Louis, Mo. Donors pledge $100,000 to Trinity Catholic High School
I could not help but recall the quotation attributed to Fyodor Dostoevsky that "the degree of civilization in a society can be judged by entering its prisons" when I saw the story of the Supreme Court's ruling on prison in California. Thank God for Justice Kennedy. How sad that the four least compassionate U. S. Supreme Court justices are Catholics.
What reads like a page out of a William Kennedy novel is actually a true story out of Brooklyn, written by a Michael Wilson for the Crime Scene section of The New York Times:
In the last few years of his life, my father dove deeply into a world of crossword puzzles, jumbles, and Scrabble. These were "mind exercises," he said, built to hold off the thing he feared most: forgetting.
Just a couple of months before he passed away, he called my mother desperately from his cell-phone. He'd pulled his car off to the side of the road, didn't quite know where he was, and couldn't remember the way home. That moment plunged him into a bout of depression and despair.
In 1825, Joseph Kearney of Moneygall married Phoebe Donovan of Ballygurteen, Co. Tipperary, a daughter of Falmouth Donovan and Mary Benn. Among their children were Falmouth and Margaret.
"I am sorry to have put you through this," Pfleger told his parishioners
Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo. Bishop regrets how diocese dealt with porn case involving priest
It's good to see that Cardinal Francis George and Fr. Michael Pfleger are beginning to sort our their relationship in a more respectful and wise manner.
According to the Associated Press: