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More than \"gotcha\" journalism

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The race for California's governor has gone from interesting to very interesting in the last few days, thanks to a "gotcha" journalism drama that stars some main players on the Golden State stage: undocumented immigrants and Catholic church.

Republican candidate Meg Whitman has a lot of (her own) money; she ran eBay for several years. She has thrown a record $119 million of her own funds into her gubernatorial campaign. She's running against Democrat Jerry Brown -- now 72, once governor of the state back in 1975-to-1983, trying for it again.

Einstein the Cat on 'all threes'

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A Story for the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi

A few weeks ago, my animal companion of 11 years, Einstein the Cat, was hobbling around, not walking on his left rear leg. When he did not show up for breakfast one day, I knew something was really wrong. I took him to a vet who diagnosed him with bone cancer in the leg. Both she and I were shocked at what the x-rays showed.

Church closings (very likely) coming to Brooklyn

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According to the New York Daily News:

Catholic leaders in Brooklyn and Queens, N.Y. named Monday a "diocesan day of prayer" as word spread that churches in Brooklyn and Queens may close as part of an unprecedented reorganization.

The Diocese of Brooklyn, faced with budget trouble and a shortage of priests, is considering shuttering churches and merging parishes in Brooklyn and Queens, the Daily News reported Sunday.

Archbishop Di Noia's homily at today's Red Mass

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This morning, at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, the John Carroll Society is hosting the annual Red Mass. As always, Washington Archbishop Donald Wuerl will be the principal celebrant. Vice-President Biden will lead the delegation from the executive branch and Chief Justice Roberts is expected to lead the delegation from the judicial branch. The homilist is Archbishop J. Augustine DiNoia, O.P. who was kind enough to send a copy of his sermon to NCR. It is quite the tour de homiletic force.
-- Michael Sean Winters


LIGHT IMMORTAL, LIGHT DIVINE
The Invocation of the Holy Spirit at the Start of the Judicial Year
Ezekiel 36:24-28 / Romans 8:26-27 / John 14:23-26

Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P.
Secretary, Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments

The Social Network: It's all about character

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Last week an 18-year old Rutgers University student, Tyler Clementi, took his own life after two students videotaped him having a sexual encounter with another male, then posting it on the Internet. I was listening to NPR on the way home from the theater today and the talk was about privacy issues in the age of the Internet. Perhaps we are all guilty of hurtful gossip as children and teenagers, saying things about people, that even if true, we have no right to say. Perhaps we failed to think of the consequences of our actions, or maybe we were curious, jealous, or angry at some infraction. Most of all, perhaps we didn’t think before we acted.

A Frightening Theology

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About two years ago, I interviewed Jeff Sharlet on Interfaith Voices. He had just published a book called The Family: The Secret Fundamentalism at the Heart of American Power. Now, he has a new book called C Street: The Fundamentalist Threat to American Democracy.

What he describes is not garden variety Christian fundamentalism. The adherents of this theology believe that Jesus wants them to work with men of power throughout the world (and they do mean men, not women) to achieve the goals of Christianity. Their “heroes” are people like Stalin, Hitler and Mao – who are not remembered for the ends they sought, but for the means they used to achieve power and keep it.

Priest leaves $1 million to St. Ambrose University

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Fr. Joseph Kokjohn, who died May 21, 2009, at the age of 80, left a $1 million legacy gift to St. Ambrose University, Davenport, Iowa, the university he called home for more than 60 years.

The Rev. Joseph E. Kokjohn Endowment for Catholic Peace and Justice has been established to further the education of St. Ambrose students in the Catholic tradition of peace and justice.

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