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On this day: St. Clare of Montefalco


On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Clare of Montefalco, an Augustinian abbess who had been a secular Franciscan before entering monastic life. She was born about the year 1268 and died on August 18, 1308.

She "was given the gift of French to converse with a pious female pilgrim who visited her nunnery for a short time. In the descriptions of the miracle that appear in her vita and canonization process, we also see that Clare's xenoglossia is included as an indication of her prophetic abilities: xenoglossia, therefore, becomes just as much of a message of Clare's divine grace in this sense as a medium of that grace."

Morning Briefing


WYD: Spanish police have arrested a Mexican chemistry student for allegedly plotting to gas anti-Pope protesters at Madrid's Catholic youth festival.

WYD: New Zealand Kiwis gather in Spain for World Youth Day

Bishops' staffer on doctrine rips theologians as 'curse'

Illinois Roselle priest avoids prison in gambling scandal Judges sentences man to jail, probation, labor

Married priest: 'Single clergy better placed to serve God'

Rhode Island deacon arrested on charges of indecent exposure

Perry's Latino record


The announcement this weekend by Governor Rick Perry of Texas that he is a Republican candidate for President of the United States was not particularly welcome news to Latinos and, in particular, those who live in Texas. According to a report in the new Latino Voices of the Huffington Post (August 14, 2011), Latinos have not fared particularly well under Perry’s eleven-year run as governor.

Let the discussion begin


Allow me to direct your attention to four recent postings on

NCR gets pummeled for being liberal and biased and -- wait for it -- anti-Catholic. But look at the diversity of views represented in these four pieces. Is there another Catholic Web site or publication that offers this range of views?

Judge denies request to block Ind. voucher program


Read the full story at the Huffington Post:

A judge Monday declined to halt Indiana's broad new school voucher program, saying the law was "religion-neutral" and likely to be upheld.

The measure passed this year by the Republican-dominated General Assembly and signed into law by GOP Gov. Mitch Daniels is the nation's broadest private school voucher program. A group of teachers and religious leaders backed by the Indiana State Teachers Association is challenging it, claiming it violates the state constitution by providing public money to religious institutions.

However, in his ruling denying a temporary injunction, Marion Superior Court Judge Michael Keele wrote the law "is religion-neutral and was enacted `for the benefit' of students, not religious institutions or activities."

"It permits taxpayer funds to be paid to religious schools only upon the private individual choices of parents," Keele wrote in siding with the state.

Brother, can you spare a sanctuary?


Here's an example of responding to a natural disaster:

From The Leaf Chronicle:

Wind, fire, flood — Clarksville has its share of disasters. It also has a strong sense of how to respond to those disasters, demonstrated nowhere more strongly than at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church.

Immaculate Conception most recently came to the aid of Bethlehem United Methodist Church when its Gothic revival, all-wood sanctuary, built in 1900, burned down after being struck by lightning on July 15, 2009.

Bethlehem wasn't about to give up. Members first set up worship under two large shade trees at 1324 Gholson Road, and then spent the next few months trying out various housing options.

Then Immaculate Conception offered a sanctuary — literally.

Read more here.

The gambler in chief?


"The deficit/default imbroglio that ended in the deficit-reduction agreement on August 2 has pretty much squelched that hope" that as President Obama would "press a progressive agenda," Margaret O'Brien Steinfels writes over on the Commonweal blog (See The Obama Gamble).

She cites James Kloppenberg, who wrote in Reading Obama, Obama’s commitment to “compromise and painstaking consensus building…represent a calculated risk as political strategy,” and admits “it is a gamble he may lose.”

Steinfels then throws down the gauntlet: "The president has fourteen months to demonstrate that he has not lost the gamble, or to come up with a better, less-accommodating strategy."


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