NCR Today: While I am touched by my students' concern, I implore them to reserve their support for those affected by Detroit's water shutoffs.
The Cincinnati archdiocese withdrew a $1,000 grant to help a shelter buy a washer and dryer after it learned a woman priest would host a prayer service there.
Attorneys for pro-lifers have decided not to do anything yet about the new buffer zone law around abortion facilities that Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed July 30.
But they took issue with the law on various fronts.
"We believe the new buffer zone law is a backdoor attempt to interfere with the constitutional right of free speech in the service of women seeking abortion, whose minds are not made up, women who are looking for the hope, help and love which is Eleanor McCullen's mantra," and that of other sidewalk counselors, said attorney Philip D. Moran.
However, the sign of peace can be omitted "if it is foreseen that it will not take place properly."
Global Sisters Report: For Sister of Mercy Mary Ellen Howard, the fight is elemental. "Water is life," she said, "when you shut off water, you shut off life."
The Catholic Coalition for Church Reform say they have identified seven nominees who have the ability to lead the archdiocese out of the current abuse scandal.
The $1.35 million will come from surplus cash but covers only a fraction of the archdiocese's legal bills so far, which total close to $14 million.
"I have acknowledged my responsibility in the current crisis we face, and I also take responsibility for leading our archdiocese to a new and better day."
The legal bills are far greater than the $4 million the archdiocese offered survivors of sex abuse before filing for bankruptcy on Jan. 4, 2011.
At first, the ordinations were "irregular" and "invalid" -- but the rules changed in 1976, regularizing the ordination of the 11 women.