It is 1976. Journalist Robert Torres (Dougray Scott) is researching a Catholic priest, Josemaria Escriva, the founder of a Catholic group called Opus Dei, who had recently died amidst rumors of sanctity. Much to his surprise, Robert discovers that his estranged father, Manolo (Wes Bentley), grew up in the same village in Spain and even went to the same seminary. Robert travels from London to Madrid to find answers to his questions, but even after an eight-year silence, his father will not speak to him.
Over on the Commonweal blog, David Gibson has a very thoughtful, thought provoking posting about our national fixation with conflict and “the seductiveness of war” (a quote from Civil War historian and Harvard president Drew Gilpin Faust).
Read carefully: War, bin Laden, and “the aura of the consequential”
I just learned that an article I wrote for another publication received an award from the Associated Church Press (ACP) for "Editorial Courage."
It is one the most prestigious awards, in my opinion, that the interdenominational religious press association confers because it recognizes the risks that church publications take when they speak the truth and do real journalism.
The National Catholic Reporter does not currently belong to the ACP, but if we did, I venture that we would win the award for "Editorial Courage" every year.
The independence NCR has, thanks to our subscribers and supporters, allows us to practice real, independent journalism about the church every day. As someone who has worked for both a diocesan newspaper (where I got in trouble with the chancery) and a publication owned by a religious congregation (where I got in trouble with the Vatican), I can't stress enough how important that editorial freedom is.
Drum roll please…………
We have reached -- and gone beyond -- our goal of $50,000.
Indeed, we are at the $55,000 mark. Imagine. Imagine a progressive Catholic success story in our church today!
We have only a few hours left today. We would very much like to hit $60,000.
According to the Washington Post:
In the following commentary, Larry Hufford, a professor of International Relations at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and a past president of the World Council on Curriculum and Instruction, says that his experience of the 9/11 led him to make a personal commitment to work for interfaith dialogue and understanding.
He says that now is the time for Americans to move beyond bitterness and anger and begin the project of healing the world.
By Larry Hufford
On Sept. 11, 2001, I was in Madrid, Spain, attending an international education conference. Participants came from over 50 countries and represented every major religion of the world.
My great aunt Edith described what it was like in Boston's old Scollay Square at the end of World War II. The details were of a scene just like the iconic LIFE magazine photos of Times Square -- an unknown sailor kissing an unknown nurse in a spontaneous show of life and celebration.
I understand the hand-wringing about the celebrating that went on in front of the White House, at Ground Zero in Manhattan, and across college campuses across the country. I've seen the Biblical quote "Rejoice not when your enemy falls, and when he stumbles, let not your heart exult." (Proverbs 24: 17).
It is worth noting that the next lines from Proverbs are:
On this day, ten years ago, Blessed John Paul II became the first Pope to visit a mosque.
"Vatican and Syrian flags decorated the Omayyad Mosque in the old walled city at the heart of modern Damascus as the 80-year-old pontiff slipped off his shoes as tradition requires and entered the mosque.
Windsor, Canada Priest expected to plead guilty
Allentown, Pa. Diocese won't challenge Vatican ruling on six closed churches, but the churches are to remain shuttered.
Dear NCR Readers, with your generous support we’ve surpassed the $40,000 mark. We’ve surpassed the $45,000 mark. We’re a chip shot from the $50,000 green.
Today is the last week day – the last high traffic day – of our Webathon week. It’s the last day we can pull together to reach - and potentially exceed - our $50,000 goal.