Copy Desk Daily, Oct. 18, 2019

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NCR's regular theater writer, Retta Blaney, experienced a story of evil and redemption in "Kingfishers Catch Fire," a play that portrays post-war friendship of a hero priest and jailed Nazi. She interviews the director of this world-premiere off-Broadway play, based on the real lives of Msgr. Hugh O'Flaherty and Gestapo Lt. Col. Herbert Kappler.

Carmen Nanko-Fernández found clear traces and echoes of the legacy of Latin@́s theologizing on borderlands in Bishop Mark Seitz's pastoral letter calling out white supremacy. This strand of Latin@́ theologies has given the church pastoral and political insights for decades, shedding light on the meanings found in daily lived reality.

The University of Notre Dame got criticism for inviting William Barr, President Donald Trump's attorney general, to speak, but Michael Sean Winters argues that debating ideas is the purpose of a university. That doesn't mean he thinks Notre Dame should invite Barr back now that he's had his say: Notre Dame had a right to host Barr — but his talk was ridiculously stupid.

MSW's own columns tend to spark debates, and this week's Letters to the Editor brings together a sampling of readers' thoughts on Distinctly Catholic columns.

Christian Climate Action group helps disrupt London train service during the protest yesterday by the Extinction Rebellion movement, demanding climate action.

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