Simply Spirit: Aside from the usual suspects -- laity and nuns -- bishops are exercising prophetic leadership in opposing the massive deportation of refugees.
Supreme Court judge on death penalty: Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer delivered harsh criticism of the death penalty Dec. 12 in a dissent to the court's decision not to hear a Florida inmate's death penalty appeal.
The Peace Pulpit: "Jesus is preaching a whole different kind of message than John the Baptist and many of the prophets, and John found it hard to accept."
Human Rights Day: Two members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom write, "we stand for the inalienable human right, affirmed in Article 18 of the declaration, of these prisoners, and indeed all people, to freedom of conscience and religion. And we invite others in the human rights community to stand with us, join with us and call for their release."
NCR Today: "Resistance" is a word I hear more often these days than any time since the Vietnam War. And I hear it from unexpected persons.
Black Lives Matter: In 2015, dozens of leaders of African-American theological schools called for their colleagues to “arise from the embers of silence and speak up and speak out ..."
NCR Today: One of the men I visit in jail, Adam, is awaiting a civil commitment trial as a violent sexual predator.
Archbishop Jose H. Gomez writes: "We have a consensus in public opinion. What we are waiting for is politicians and media figures who have the will and the courage to tell the truth and to lead."
Pax Christi: Members of the Pax Christi Metro DC group gathered in Silver Springs, Md. to honor two local peacemakers, Franciscan Sr. Marie Lucey and Franciscan Fr. Jacek Orzechowski. Author Frida Berrigan spoke at the event about the president-elect and what his administration could mean for an anti-war organization working against racism and harsh treatment of immigrants.
Rio Grande Valley Respite Center: Blessing the ground for a new respite center in McAllen is a sign of the Catholic Church's commitment to be available and helpful to immigrant families, who "are enduring many, many tragic situations in their lives," said Brownsville Bishop Daniel E. Flores.