NCR Today

U. S. pledge for new cookstoves good news for the forests and climate


Today Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to announce a $50 million pledge of seed money, distributed over five years, to help the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves provide 100 million clean-burning biomass cookstoves by 2020 to people in Africa, Asia and South America.

For more information, see the Treehugger Web story.

Green your autumn


Cooler temperatures bring fallen leaves, and fallen leaves offer the chance to create nutrient-rich soil that will eventually help your spring garden or front and back yard trees bloom. Instead of cramming raked leaves into plastic bags that end up in landfills, use them to begin a compost pile. For information on how to do this, see the Sierra Club's The Green Life Web page.

Creighton U professors' book on sex 'in serious error' bishops find


The U.S. bishops' Committee on Doctrine has issued a 24-page critique of the 2008 book titled The Sexual Person: Toward a Renewed Catholic Anthropology, by theologians Michael G. Lawler and Todd A. Salzman, both faculty members at Creighton University in Omaha, Neb.

The committee said the authors' methodology "marks a radical departure from the Catholic theological tradition," leading to "a whole range of conclusions that are contrary to Catholic teaching."

Morning Briefing


Economic poverty in ten words, from a Catholic Worker breakfast


This morning today I got a ten word lesson from a friend while helping with breakfast at the Holy Family Catholic Worker house here in Kansas City.

The breakfast is a pretty casual deal. We just put out some toast (along with peanut butter and jelly), fill some pots with coffee, and hard-boil a few eggs if there's been a donation lately.

Mostly it's just a chance for people to come inside for a bit before they go about their day. After breakfast many of our guests head out to find day work.

Often during the time we're open in the morning people use our phones to call their contacts and try and find something they can do that will pay a few dollars.

As I was sitting having some peanut butter toast this morning, a short man named James came over to the table from the phone in a little bit of a huff. He was stomping his feet as he made his way over.

I said, "James, what's wrong?"

Looking back on a long hot summer


Summer 2010 set temperature records across the country and around the world. The Natural Resources Defense Council's analysis of June, July, and August 2010 US temperature data from the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Historic Climatology Network reveal that this summer set heat records in many parts of the country. In fact, of the 1,218 weather stations in the contiguous United States, with data going back to 1895, 153 locations recorded their hottest summer on record and nearly one in three stations recorded average temperatures among their five hottest on record.

Even more telling is that nighttime lows were the hottest ever recorded at nearly one in four weather stations. Hot, stagnant nights can prove even more harmful than daytime highs as vulnerable populations (particularly the elderly) are unable to cool down and get relief from the stress of the daytime heat.

From the mail bag 1


Here at the world headquarters of the National Catholic Reporter, we get a lot of reader mail. Some of it are letters to the editor, which are printed in the newspaper. Some envelopes contain newspaper clippings with penciled in comments like: "Can you believe this?" or "Thought you might want to see this."

In yesterday's mail was such an envelope. The clip came from the Yuma Sun of Yuma, Ariz. The page one headline reads: Large debt revealed at Immaculate Conception Church. The subhead reads: Diocese says nearly half a million deficit not dire, ministries will operate normally.


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April 21-May 4, 2017