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In the not too distant past it would have been redundant for the
Democratic National Committee to hire a Catholic Outreach
coordinator. Those duties -- negotiating with a powerful cardinal, lining up
support from an influential union leader, getting out the big-city vote -- were
handled by party chairman whose names (Farley, Flynn, Hannegan, Boyle, McGrath,
McKinney, Bailey, OBrien) read like roll call at an Ancient Order of
Protest at Boston College graduation as
Secretary of State speaks.
Solve crisis of uninsured, advocates urge
Nancy Frazier O'Brien
A leading health care advocate urged Catholic leaders June 5 to
keep the heat turned up on the issue of the nations 46
million uninsured until Congress is convinced that the American public wants it
to solve the problem.
Overcome 'enemy' view of Iran, says Pax Christi official
Americans have to overcome a negative stereotype of Iran so that they
can better assess Bush administration claims that the Muslim nation is planning
to build nuclear weapons, said Dave Robinson, executive director of the peace
organization Pax Christi USA.
Mobile consulate aids Mexicans in Illinois
More than 1,000 Mexicans who live in and around two northern Illinois
counties lined up over three days to renew passports and obtain government
identification cards without leaving the state. A Chicago-based mobile unit of
the Mexican consulate was set up May 25-28 at the University of St. Francis in
NCR takes top award for seventh year
The National Catholic Reporter has won the first-place general
excellence award for national newspapers from the Catholic Press Association
for the seventh year in a row. The paper also took seven other first place
awards for writing and editorials and 11 second place, third place and
honorable mention awards in various categories.
'Father Crunk' preaches on popular Atlanta radio show
Catholic News Service
Its 6:30 a.m. the Monday after Easter, and Fr. Ricardo
Bailey looks over his sermon notes one last time. As a parochial vicar at Holy
Spirit Parish, his Easter weekend was busy. He tries to shake off fatigue. But
as soon as he walks into his pulpit, the youthful energy he is
known for bursts out.
John L. Allen Jr.
While Pope John Paul IIs 1979 visit to Auschwitz, the first ever
for a pope, was widely hailed as a watershed, Benedict XVIs May 28
appearance has drawn more mixed reviews. Criticism came mostly for what the
pope didnt say -- no acknowledgment of Christianitys complicity in
the Holocaust, for example, and no reference to contemporary anti-Semitism.
French priest convicted of sex abuse
His victims thought that they were knocking on heavens
doors. In fact they were knocking on hells doors, said French
Attorney General Jacqueline Dufournet in a sex abuse trial against Fr. Pierre
Spin without end in abuse scandal
The clergy sex abuse crisis -- some would have us believe -- is largely
about priests taking advantage of or being seduced by older teenage boys. In
other words, its a gay thing.
The shock fades in Lincoln
A small gathering of people showed up outside St. Mary Catholic Church
and School in Lincoln, Neb., June 3, demonstrating for more openness and
inclusiveness in the Roman Catholic church.
We had constructive talks.
-- Ali Larijani, Irans chief nuclear negotiator after meeting with
Javier Solana, the European Union foreign policy chief, about the six-nation
proposal that aims at getting Iran to freeze its uranium enrichment and
Tony Snow is a man to watch
In the name of security
Congress OKs Israel's expansionist agenda
Israels decisions to build a security barrier between
itself and the Palestinians and to disengage from large areas of land conquered
in the Six Day War of 1967 against the Arabs are part of a new and sobering
recognition that since the two peoples cannot live together, they are both
better off living separately.
Nuclear power: promise or peril
For a writer who nearly lost his mind writing about child soldiers,
Jimmie Briggs has a kind, unshadowed face more in keeping with a less corrosive
line of work. He is 37.
Indian diplomat heads Vatican evangelization office
Catholic News Service
Pope Benedict XVI named Italian Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe to be the new
archbishop of Naples and named Indian Cardinal Ivan Dias of Mumbai to succeed
Sepe as prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples. The
appointments were announced May 20 at the Vatican.
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
The struggle for balance
Tom Lorsung is well known in Catholic journalism circles as the longtime
director and editor in chief of Catholic News Service in Washington, a post
from which he retired in 2003. Less well-known is his skill with a camera.
Boundary-pushing Sr. Jeannette Normandin dies at 77
Sr. Jeannette Normandin, who broke new ground in Massachusetts by
opening homes for women with AIDS and broke church rules by assuming roles
traditionally held by priests, died May 30. She was 77.
I never expected to be saved from heartache by a Quaker Oats box, even
that tall, round kind! And if I had, certainly not on that Friday, a day I
thought nothing could rescue.
Letters for June 16, 2006
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