Obama offers a long-needed welcome to the stranger

In a White House address Thursday night, President Obama asked, "Are we a nation that tolerates the hypocrisy of a system where workers who pick our fruit and make our beds never have a chance to get right with the law? Or are we a nation that gives them a chance to make amends, take responsibility, and give their kids a better future? Are we a nation that accepts the cruelty of ripping children from their parentsí arms? Or are we a nation that values families, and works to keep them together?" more »

Pope Francis coming to the United States

The Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis will travel in September 2015 to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which will be a prelude to the concluding Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2015. The pope sought last month to set a tone of remarkable openness at the opening Extraordinary Synod of Bishops, speaking often of forgiveness rather than of punishment for stigmatized groups. more »
Women's ordination, and Cardinal O'Malley's telling interview on 60 Minutes

As dioceses around the US continue closing churches because of a lack of priests, the Church's opposition to the ordination of woman to fill those jobs looks increasingly self-destructive and sinful. Cardinal O'Malley, a close friend of the pope, implied that he was more virtuous than Jesus--when he blamed Jesus for the all-male priesthood. more »


Please Read: US Catholic Bishops' "Faithful Citizenship"


"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)

Tuesday, November 25, 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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