“A new age of political audacity for the Holy See”

President Obama announced Wednesday that the US and Cuba were restoring diplomatic relations after 50 years, with a nudge from the world's first Latin American pope. He put the Vatican diplomatic machinery to work, and began pressing the U.S. and Cuba to make peace months after he was elected and never let up. Never mind the fact that reconciliation is a cardinal Christian virtue; American conservatives immediately began attacking the Vatican for supporting Obama's effort. more »

Sr. Joan Chittister on the meaning of the new Vatican report on their 6y "visitation" to the nuns

"The air has cleared, the way has opened, the conclusions are well stated. We are all, women religious and the church itself, teetering inside a tilting world. The mantra for now must be, “These are our sisters in whom we are well-pleased. May their efforts raise us all up to serve a new world with new and holy hearts.” 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)

Saturday, December 20, 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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