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Taking the Bible Seriously, but not Always Literally
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

"handmaiden" sketch, as preformed by Abraham (Gen. 16:1-6) and Jacob (Gen. 30:4-5). 4. A man, one or more ... "handmaiden" sketch, as preformed by Abraham (Gen. 16:1-6) and Jacob (Gen. 30:4-5). 4. A man, one or more ...

Acedia and Vacation Bible School
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Last week, less than 48 hours after there was a senseless homicide in our neighborhood, my family participated in a time-honored summer ritual: My husband and I took our 5-year-old son to Vacation ...

Turning My Travels into Pilgrimages
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Recently, I've begun to think how I can reconnect with God by turning all my travels (including my everyday errands) into pilgrimages. In this quest, I am greatly aided by the Rev. Kurt Neilson, ...

A Prime Minister's Conscience is Pricked
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Only God would open up an opportunity for a Catholic from San Francisco to speak prophetically to the Prime Minister of Australia, at the Anglican Centre in Rome, on behalf of Cambodians about to lose ...

Executions Worldwide Nearly Doubled in 2008
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

The number of executions worldwide nearly doubled last year compared with 2007, according to a <a title="http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/ACT50/003/2009/en/0b789cb1-baa8-4c1b-bc35-58b6063098 ...

The Pope and the President: Unlikely Allies Seeking Common Ground for the Common Good
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

When Pope Benedict XVI meets with President Obama in Rome today, a shy German theologian and a charismatic leader known for his international rock star appeal will find plenty to agree on despite s ...

Pope Benedict on the Global Economy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new encyclical on the global economy. As the G8 Summit begins in Italy, Pope Benedict XVI has released a new enc ...

The Legacy of an Eco-Prophet: Remembering Thomas Berry
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Today's most pressing task for humanity, I believe, is to halt the current environmental crisis. Today's most pressing task for humanity, I believe, is to halt the curre ...

Abortion: Conversations, Not Killings
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Yesterday on <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/frank-schaeffer/how-i-and-other-pro-life_b_209747.html"><em>The Huffington Post</em>, former religious-right leader Frank Schaeff ...

In the Footsteps of Jesus?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

<em>Angels and Demons</em>, the movie inspired by Dan Brown's novel by the same title, has raked in nearly $190 million worldwide (with approximately $90 million in the U.S.) in only its secon ...

Obama's Catholic Moment
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:18am | Type: Blog

Against the backdrop of protest and spectacle that threatened to overshadow graduation at the University of Notre Dame last week, President Obama delivered a graceful commencement address that stan ...

American Violet and the Idolatry of Law
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>NPR's Wade Goodwyn has been working on <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=103056359">this story </a>ever since he attended the premier of the film ...

A Good Friday Appeal to Abolish the Death Penalty
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Ten years ago on Good Friday, the <a href="http://www.usccb.org/sdwp/national/criminal/appeal.shtml">United States Conference of Catholic Bishops</a> issued a statement and call to action ...

Be Not Afraid: Faith and Reason in the Notre Dame 'Scandal'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Notre Dame President Rev. Notre Dame President Rev. John Jenkins is facing furious backlash after inviting President Barack Obama to give the university's commencemen ...

Apologies of the Powerful
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

"<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/5354862.stm">I am deeply sorry</a> for the reactions in some countries to a few passages of my address," <a href="http://www. ...

Jesus and the Children of Empire
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Roman occupation, preached a message that was anti-state and religious imperialism. Jesus, who was a Palestinian Jew living under Rom ...

Obama at Notre Dame: Continuing a Tradition of Dialogue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Barack Obama will be the ninth president awarded an honorary degree from the University of Notre Dame and the sixth president to address its graduates during commencement services. ...

They Killed Sister Dorothy: HBO's Book of Martyrs
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

From Joan of Arc to Sir Thomas More, courageous martyrs continue to inspire us. Their powerful witness is memorialized in homilies, books, and even movies. From Joan of Arc to Sir ...

The Obama Notre Dame Controversy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The University of Notre Dame recently announced that President Barack Obama will be its spring commencement speaker and that he will also be receiving an honorary doctorate of laws degree. ...

What Makes Liberals and Conservatives Angry? Abortion Reduction
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

When both the Left and Right begin sharpening their knives, it means you are on to something. When both the Left and Right begin sharpening their knives, it means you are on to so ...

Romero: The Price of Preaching and Living Jesus' Gospel
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://store.sojo.net/product_p/icnp_or.htm"></a>Twenty-nine years ago today, a Salvadorian government hit man assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador Oscar Romero as he ...

Stop the Raids
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

For the past several weeks, Rep. Luis Gutierrez of Chicago has been conducting a national tour promoting immigration reform, primarily speaking at Latino evangelical churches around the country. ...

Markets, Morality, and the Common Good
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> Not long ago, those who demonized government and preached the go ...

Impeach the Pope?
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

So there was a fascinating <a href="http://newsweek.washingtonpost.com/onfaith/guestvoices/2009/03/impeach_the_pope.html" target="_blank">editorial</a> in <em>The Washingt ...

Defiant Hope: St. Patrick's Day in Northern Ireland
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Two years ago, I celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Ireland with my parents, my husband, and my one-year-old son. Two years ago, I celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Ireland w ...

The Real History of 'Saint Patrick': The Saint He Wasn't, the Man He Was
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

It is said that everyone in the world is Irish today in honor of Saint Patrick. It is said that everyone in the world is Irish today in honor of Saint Patrick. It would be a very ...

A Fairness Issue
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

<blockquote><p>"Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?"<br /> "Without justice, what are kingdoms but bands of robbers?" ...

New Violence Takes Aim at Northern Ireland's Hard-Won Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

On Saturday night, two young soldiers preparing to go to Afghanistan were murdered in Antrim, Northern Ireland. Four other people, including two men delivering pizzas, were injured. ...

An Unsung Catholic Environmental Legacy
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Current newspapers and blogs are replete with commentaries on the outcome of the presidential elections, the ailing economy, and life issues, especially abortion. Current newspape ...

An Involuntary Lent
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> In 1956, a few hundred Catholic teachers and catechists gathered ...

Beyond Church Walls: Reflections on Faith in Action
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=events.m2ep&amp;item=m2ep-home"></a>Growing up Catholic in San Francisco, I was fortunate to be raised with a passion for social ...

A Fine Start for Common Ground Abortion Reduction
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The first weeks of the Obama administration have been a whirlwind of appointments, and as advertised, "change," but the aspect most in evidence is the president's efforts at finding common groun ...

An Education in Border Injustice
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

As I sat in the federal court room in Tucson witnessing the sentencing of over 60 people who had been caught crossing the border between the U.S. As I sat in the federal court roo ...

Tips on Bridging the Persistent Digital Divide
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Even in our current political climate, as President <a title="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U1XWvs7SL5I&amp;eurl=http://www.freepress.net/ Obama demands" href="http://www.youtube.com/wat ...

Beyond Gaza: An Abrahamic Peace
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

Beyond anguish, what can we say about the massive death and destruction in Gaza and the traumatic fear of falling rockets in Israel? Beyond anguish, what can we say about the mass ...

'The Needs of the Poor Take Priority Over the Desires of the Rich'
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://blog.sojo.net/tag/economy-special-focus/"></a></p> As a Catholic, I have been taught about the importance of the po ...

Changing the Image of Religion: The New Faith Coalition
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 8:17am | Type: Blog

The day after the inauguration, I will be joining with Muslim, Hindu, Jewish, and Christian leaders at the National Prayer Service for our new president. The day after the inaugur ...

Common Ground Abortion Reduction on The Washington Post's Front Page
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/17/AR2008111703682.html">Today's front page feature in <em>The Washington Post</em></a> is a good pr ...

Father Roy Bourgeois Faces Excommunication for Support of Women's Ordination
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 2:17pm | Type: Blog

"I know you know what you're doing," Janice Sevre-Duszynska told Father Roy Bourgeois when he agreed to co-preside and give the homily at her ordination Mass, "but do you know what you' ...

Keeping the 'Consistent' in 'Consistent Ethic of Life'
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

Twelve years ago this week, the Catholic Church lost one of her great and humble leaders, Cardinal Joseph Bernardin.</p> Twelve years ago this week, the Catholic Church lost ...

Audio: Evangelical and Catholic Leaders Offer Alternative Pro-Life Position
Originally Posted: 07/14/2011 - 7:51am | Type: Blog

<em>Editor's Note: During a teleconference today, evangelical and Catholic leaders challenged people of faith to evaluate candidates on a consistent ethic of life that protects life from the "w ...

Injustice is Not Categorical
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p>Near the Vatican in October 2001, Janice Sevre-Duszynska and fellow advocates hung a banner calling in seven different languages for the ordination of women. Almost seven years later, the fruit of tha ...

Catholic Bishops Denounce Immigration Raids as Anti-Family
Originally Posted: 08/31/2011 - 4:39pm | Type: Blog

<p><a href="http://www.sojo.net/index.cfm?action=action.ccir&amp;item=ccir_mult"></a>Last year I lived in a Catholic Worker house that offers hospitality to immigrants without f ...