With the killing of Osama Bin Laden recently, and hearing loud cries of vengeance and tentative affirmations of some strange notion of justice on the television, I could only think of this award-winning documentary about Afghanistan that I saw in April at the Religious Communicators Council (RCC) conference: The Garden at the End of the World.
Amid the general rejoicing over Osama bin Laden's death, there have been a handful of pundits, bloggers and Facebook-ers who are challenging the Mike Huckabee-inspired "Welcome to hell" sentiment. (An aside via a question: How does our nation's reaction to Osama's death make us any better than the folks who danced in the street during 9/11? Answer: It doesn't.) I'm proud to say many of these people questioning the celebratory behavior are Catholics -- two of them young college women with minds of their own and fires in their bellies.
On Wednesday, May 4, General Dynamics Corporation holds its annual shareholders meeting. Loretto owns shares that we bought when GD was headquartered in St. Louis.
I confess. I actually turned on the TV at 6 a.m. EST on April 29th and watched most of the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. It was a positive and welcome relief after days of watching tornadoes ravage Alabama and violence plague the people of Libya and Syria.
But what caught my ear were the words of Dr Richard Chartres, the Anglican Bishop of London, who delivered the wedding address.
It’s a pleasure to work at NCR. I wrote my first article for the paper in 1966 from Saigon, Vietnam, when I was working there as a volunteer with war refugees. Soon as I was being referred to as "NCR's Vietnam Correspondent," I realized that journalism has a lot to do with being at the right spot at the right time.
I came across two starkly different images recently of what it means to be Christian in a world of economic imbalance and misfortune. So stark that it's hard to believe both sides can, at the same time in the same world, claim Christian values as their foundation.
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James the Brother of Jesus: The Key to Unlocking the Origins of Christianity and the Dead Sea Scrolls, by Robert Eisenman, Penguin, 1998, is not easy reading, and it is not short. But it answers questions about the early Church, about the life of Jesus, and about why James, so important in the early days, was practically written out of Church history. The book makes clear why the deliberate confusion that has been sown for centuries is still being sown by those who know better.
Toowoomba, Australia Parishioners pray for sacked bishop
San Francisco S.F. Catholic lawsuit rejected by Supreme Court, Catholics said city supervisors violated their religious rights by denouncing a Vatican ban on placing adoptive children with same-sex couples.
We cannot ban Mugabe from the Vatican: Catholic Church. President Robert Mugabe shook hands with Pope Benedict XVI during the beatification ceremony of Pope John Paul II in the Vatican.
John L. Allen, Jr., NCR's senior correspondent, discusses Blessed John Paul II's legacy.