It was a stunning shock to many: only two years after garnering a strong mandate from voters, Democrats and their president found themselves on the business end of an electoral shellacking. The midterm election result was a surprise to some for sure -- but not to many critical observers, including Catholics, of America's consumer society.
Mallory McDuff, a regular blogger on the Huffington Post, recently named Glenmary Fr. John Rausch one of the top ten religious environmental saints of our day. Fr. Rausch is an activist in the Appalachian region, working against mountaintop removal mining. He was interviewed in our special issue on ecology this year.
To see who the other saints were, read the full article.
The Death Penalty Information Center today released the results of one of the most comprehensive studies ever conducted of Americans’ views on the death penalty.
For updates throughout the day from the US bishops meeting in Baltimore, see the Distinctly Catholic blog.
Press ReleaseBishops outline US chruch response to Haiti
The administration of a Catholic high school in Minnesota has removed an editorial written by the school's newspaper which criticized the Saint Paul and Minneapolis archdiocese for engaging in "nothing more than simple, emotional propaganda" on the issue of gay marriage.
Every once in a while, someone provides new insights on ancient prayers that have sometimes become just words. That is the case this week with the insights of John Dominic Crossan on the prayer most people call the “Our Father.”
George W. Bush’s newly published memoir, Decision Points, provides fodder for an ongoing criminal investigation of Bush administration officials, writes Bill Quigley in a recent column for The Huffington Post.
In his memoir the former president admits to authorizing the waterboarding of detainees, which is considered torture under international and U.S. law, notes Quigley, the legal director for the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR).
NCR has Cole Stangler, a Georgetown University student, covering the Ignatian Family Teach-in for Justice 2010, being held at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. Nov. 13-15. The weekend of study is to culminate Monday with a day of action on Capitol Hill.
Here's a recap of the events so far:
After years of holding the Teach-in at the School of the Americans in Fort Benning, Ga., ISN hopes to take advantage of this year’s location to engage in direct advocacy with Congress and other policymakers. The weekend’s theme is “Prophetic Lives: Caminando Juntos,” drawing inspiration from the Jesuit martyrs killed for their social justice work in El Salvador on Nov. 16, 1989.
In his remarks prior to praying the Angelus on Sunday, Nov. 15 Pope Benedict talked of the importance that work, especially agricultural work, has for human life.
Addressing thousands gathered in St. Peter's Square, the pope recalled how this question was highlighted in that Sunday's reading from St. Paul, and that in Italy the second Sunday of November is dedicated to thanking God for the end of the harvest. "Although I know that in other areas the farming seasons are different, I would like to draw from St.Paul 's words to reflect particularly on agricultural work", he said.
Exciting news today from the Johnstown, Penn. Tribune-Democrat:
The diocese recently received a $273,000 competitive E-Fund grant, which was established by the state Department of Education, that assists in accelerating broadband deployment and creates collaboration opportunities between the schools. It also helps with purchasing services, hardware, technical assistance and distance education.
“We are the first nonpublic school system in the state to receive this funding, so that is quite significant,” said Don Layo, the diocese’s director of information technologies.