Middle Eastern Christian leaders meet with Pres Obama to remember 9/11 and chart a course forward

Patriarchs of Eastern Rite churches met with President Barack Obama on Thursday, Sept 11, at the close of a summit that drew attention to attacks against Christians in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. For the first time, leaders of major Maronite, Coptic, Armenian and Melkite denominations came together in Washington for what was billed as the inaugural summit of In Defense of Christians, a Middle Eastern group. more »


Slow to respond to the abuse crisis, but unrelenting in criticism of American nuns

Cardinal Gerhard Mueller came out with new criticism of the leadership for most orders of American nuns, angered apparently because they honored one of America's most distinguished theologians (a woman!) He utters nary a word about the partisan, mendacious rants of a Cardinal Stafford or a Cardinal Burke. But every word at the annual LCWR meeting was parsed for signs of disobedience. Unfortunately, the sin of sexism is alive and well at the Vatican. more »
Why aren't more women joining Catholic religious orders in 2014?

Fewer than 1% of American nuns are under 40-years-old, but the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith would have you believe that it's because they spend too much time taking care of the poor (ie. too liberal). The Vatican sponsored the "Year of the Priest" in 2012. But when is the last time the Holy See or the US Bishops made any effort to promote the vocations of women religious? more »

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Please Read: US Catholic Bishops' "Faithful Citizenship"

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"He gave us strength in time of trouble, wisdom in time of uncertainty, and sharing in time of happiness. He will always be by our side...[May he] be remembered simply as a good and decent man, who saw wrong and tried to right it, saw suffering and tried to heal it, saw war and tried to stop it. Those of us who loved him and who take him to his rest today, pray that what he was to us and what he wished for others will some day come to pass for all the world. As he said many times, in many parts of this nation, to those he touched and who sought to touch him:

Some men see things as they are and say why. I dream things that never were and say why not."

Sen Edward M. Kennedy (1932-2009)

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

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"Today I say to you that the challenges we face are real. They are serious and they are many. They will not be met easily or in a short span of time. But know this, America: They will be met.

"On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.

"On this day, we come to proclaim an end to the petty grievances and false promises, the recriminations and worn-out dogmas, that for far too long have strangled our politics."

Inaugural Address, President Obama


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