For a Catholic, Newt Gingrich, a possible Republican candidate for president in 2012, has a curious position on the environment and government, according to John Gehring over on the Faith in Public Life blog: Newt Gingrich and the EPA
One morning at breakfast we sisters were talking about something that had happened between some people we knew and one sister said, "Well, we can only change ourselves." Another said, "I continue to realize this more and more that I can only change myself; I have to look in the mirror myself." And then one of the sisters said very quietly, "There's an app for that, you know." There really wasn't but we had a great laugh to start the day since we all have smart phones of one kind or another.
Now with the launch of the new "Confession: A Roman Catholic App" on Monday the blog world is abuzz with chatter and commentary abounds.
When I first heard about the recent uprising in Egypt like many others I asked simply: “Why?”
Why did these young people take to the streets of Cairo and other cities in Egypt in such overwhelming numbers and demand the ouster of their president?
The press release:
Announces Jim Towey as School’s Next President
AVE MARIA, Fla. (February 10, 2011) – Ave Maria University’s board of trustees announced today that Jim Towey will be the university’s next president. Towey will be responsible for the day to day operations as president when his term begins on July 1, 2011. Thomas S. Monaghan, who currently serves as Chancellor and CEO of AMU will remain Chancellor, but will relinquish the responsibilities of CEO and hence the oversight of the daily operations of the university.
The board of trustees voted on the appointment of Towey at its regularly scheduled meeting earlier this week. Chairman of the board of trustees, Michael T. O. Timmis, made today’s announcement on behalf of the board. Timmis praised the incredible vision of Monaghan and the solid foundation that he has set in place for AMU. He also talked about the confidence the board has that Towey is the right person for AMU at this stage of its development.
On this day we celebrate the feast of St. Cædmon, "the father of English Sacred Song. Fell asleep hard by, 680."
Cædmon was an old man who lived at St. Hilda's monastery at Whitby. When a beer party (gebeorscipe) was held, it was the Saxons' custom to pass a harp (hearpan) and take turns singing poems.
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From the mailbag comes this news release from the Medical Mission Sisters of Philadelphia, Pa.
The Medical Mission Sisters and many bishops, priests and missionaries around the world had appealed to Rome for many years to change a Middle Ages Canon Law that prohibited Sisters with public vows from being doctors. 75 years ago the Vatican not only lifted the ban but also encouraged that “new Sisterhoods be founded which shall devote themselves ... to the care of mothers and children in peril of life and health.”
The mass of protesters in Egypt are making one demand that everyone in the media seems to be picking up: President Hosni Mubarak must resign.
But what happens if -- or when -- Mubarak steps down? What's the larger vision for the future?
An op-ed written for yesterday's New York Times by a member of the Muslim Brotherhood -- Egypt's outlawed opposition party -- seems to set forward that vision. And it looks oddly Catholic.
From the op-ed:
Catholics are playing a pivotal role in the marriage equality debate that is heating up in Maryland. While the Maryland Catholic Conference opposes the Religious Freedom and Marriage Protection Act, Catholic lawmakers and Catholic citizens are making the difference to work for the passage of this bill.
State Senate Majority Leader Rob Garagiola (D), a Catholic, is the primary sponsor of the bill in the Senate. Numerous other Catholic state legislators have already co-sponsored the bill, including Delegate Heather Mizeur (D), a lesbian Catholic. Maryland’s Catholic governor, Martin O’Malley, has stated that he will sign the bill into law if both houses of the legislature pass it. Twenty Senators have already pledged to vote for the bill; 24 votes are needed for passage in the Senate.
A vote will likely happen before the end of February.
Breaking news from the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Two felony counts of endangering the welfare were lodged against Lynn follow a grand jury investigation, Williams said at a news conference.
Williams said Lynn, who was the Archdiocese's Secretary of the Clergy from 1992 to 2004, "supervised two of the abusers . . . knew they were dangerous and chose to expose them to new victims."
Read the full story: 4 priests charged in sex abuse investigation