“If we want to step back from the brink of self-destruction, God will help us do so, but if we choose the other path, God will start over with the amoeba. Which shall it be for us?”
There is a lot of talk today about the Obama and Republican leadership tax agreement with many observers saying this indicates how the president plans to govern in the next two years. We shall see. But this much we know already.
Take note of this paragraph from today's New York Times
The "pain" and "hurt" words are being used again, this time by Archbishop Joseph Tobin, to distract attention away from the real problems.
This time the language of empathy is aimed at American sisters, assuring them that Rome feels their anger and resentment over the investigation of their beliefs and lifestyles. As if "identifying" changes anything substantial.
Fewer working class people are living their lives according to "family values" -- and the search is on to figure out why.
The issue is addressed in a column by Ross Douthat in The New York Times. He notes that for years the "culture wars" were fought along a neat dichotomy: better educated, better paid people strove for freedom from religion and restrictions, while less-educated blue collar workers formed a "Moral Majority" that pushed for "values" in areas such as sexuality and marriage.
ROME -- Rome must acknowledge the “depth of anger and hurt” provoked by a visitation of American nuns, the Vatican’s number two official for religious life has said, saying it illustrates the need for a “strategy of reconciliation” with women religious.
The Star-Ledger report: Newark archbishop shielded at least 4 priests accused of sexual abuse
Newark archdiocese repsonse: "What the Star Ledger Story Didn't Tell You About Our Commitment to Communication and to Protecting Children"
Small film making big wavesOrinda, Calif., Theatre Airs 'Pink Smoke Over the Vatican'
As those associated with Catholic Workers know, their ministries are in a constant state of flux.
The nightly meal may have to be canceled for lack of donations. The morning coffee may have to be changed to tea because the beans didn't show up. Distribution of bus passes or prescription vouchers may have to stop when there's just no more money.
Jamie Manson has been writing a Web column for NCR since November 2008 when she premiered as one of our "Young Voices" columnists.
She was honored in June this year by the Catholic Press Association for the columns she wrote in 2009. She earned a first prize for Best Column/Regular Commentary.
Last month, NCR invited and Manson agreed to become a weekly columnist under her own title. "Grace on the Margins" is the result. It will appear here every Monday.
Daniel Burke of the Religious News Service writes about the new Gallup poll just out: