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When the World Doesn't Stop to Let You Off


Alvin Toffler warned us years ago that we were in the throes of "future shock" paralysis: events and changes flooded us at a faster and faster speeds, boggling our minds and confounding our understanding. Message: we would never figure out what was going on as wave after wave of newness crashed in on us.

That plus the swirl of staggering facts leave me stupefied.

Desperate Americans buy kidneys from Peru poor in fatal trade


If there is one thing that should unite all Americans, -- in the North, Central and South -- it is ending the "growing and illicit market for organ transplants that spans the globe."

Here's a sobering report from Bloomberg:

"In the illegal organ trade, brokers scour the world’s slums, preying on the poor with promises of easy money and little risk in exchange for a kidney. Inside hospitals, people are injured or killed by botched surgery as doctors place money above ethics, criminal investigators say."

On this day: Canonization of The?re?se


On this day in 1925, in St. Peter's Basilica, "in the presence of thirty-three cardinals and two hundred and fifty bishops", Pope Pius XI "inscribed little The?re?se Martin in the catalogue of saints". He had beatified her two years earlier. She was the "star of his pontificate".

Pope Pius X, in a private audience in 1907, just ten years after The?re?se's death, "did not hesitate to anticipate the future by calling her 'the greatest saint of modern times'".

Pope Benedict XV, in 1917, "exempted the cause from the fifty years delay imposed by law for canonisation. On 14 August 1921 he promulgated the decree on the heroic quality of the virtues of Sister The?re?se of the Child Jesus".

Morning Briefing


The Guardian, UK The Catholic church is doing its best to stamp out child abuse

Sydney Morning Herald, Australia Church still drags its heels on child abuse

Delaware Diocese of Wilmington ordered to disclose additional information to its creditors -- including its intention to continue providing financial assistance to several priests and former priests on the bishop's 2006 list of those credibly accused of sexual abuse.

WELLSVILLE, Ohio Members of Wellsville Catholic Church upset over consolidation

Need Job? Try Church.


In these extraordinarily difficult economic times, job-seekers (including the newly-minted graduates) should check to see if their local Catholic parish has an outreach program:

According to the Wall Street Journal:

"Across the nation, local churches and other religious organizations have stepped up their recession-busting efforts with free career workshops, résumé clinics and networking functions. The latter can generate quick leads if leveraged properly since religious-centered networks tend to have very invested members, says Elliot Lasson, executive director of Joblink of Maryland, a job matching service that works with the Jewish community in Baltimore. "It's a community that wants to help each other," he says. But netting results requires effort."

Boehner episode can start the dialogue


I want to weigh in on the controversy of House Speaker John Boehner being invited by the Catholic University of America to be its commencement speaker this past weekend.

As some of you know, 81 Catholic academics send a letter to Boehner pointing out that while they did not oppose his speaking at Catholic University, they were disappointed that as a Catholic himself, Boehner seems to have no sensitivity to Catholic social doctrine that focuses on social justice for working people and the poor.

Obama needs to act on immigration reform now


Earlier this week, President Obama was in my hometown of El Paso, Texas, to address the issue of comprehensive immigration reform.

He had promised such reform during his presidential campaign in 2008 but never introduced such legislation during his first two years when the Democrats strongly controlled both houses of Congress and chances for such legislation looked promising.

However, the President placed his political capital on legislation to recharge the economy and especially on health care that passed. Immigration reform was put aside.

Oprah and confession


For me, the word "confession" conjures up images of dark booths with dark mesh screens -- a private place where dark deeds can be made undone away from the light. I've been Catholic all my life; I can't help it.

But that's not the image of confession for most Americans now -- maybe not even most Catholics. This very private sacrament continues its decline, and I've got to think there's one prominent person who's partly to blame: Oprah Winfrey.


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April 21-May 4, 2017