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.
Shrine tourism: Bulgaria's Passion for John the Baptist.
Michigan: Sisters hope new convent inspires area
I learned this week that if you want a fresh perspective on American politics you need to help your daughter study for a high school history test.
My oldest daughter is taking Advanced Placement U.S. history, and asked me to help her study for a chapter test coming up. She'd written out key bullet points on index cards and handed me the stack to review with her. As I did, it became clear -- card after card -- that nothing changes in America, ever.
Kevin Drum of Mother Jones asks:
But the iron law of the news business is that if people are talking about it, then it matters. So this report matters, even though it's really nothing more than the opinion of Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles. So here's what I think of it, all contained in one handy chart from the Congressional Budget Office
THE Catholic Church is not a profit-making machine, Pope Benedict XVI said in extracts to be published on Friday of an upcoming book, as a money-laundering probe targeting the Vatican continues.
Mississippi: mayor vetoes church demolition
Cardinal Pell says it’s not a sin to gamble, sell arms, global military contractors may in fact be acting on a moral imperative.
We can't let this Veteran's Day come to a close without drawing your attention to a series of stories written by NCR contributor Judy Gross. Earlier this fall, Judy's piece Spiritual leaders in the battle zones about military chaplains appeared (subhead: Deployed and stateside, military chaplains minister amid myriad pressures).
Judy's next piece in the series is about military families and will appear in the Nov. 26 print issue. A taste: