story -- Agape community
Lay Catholic community Agape lives off the land, following gospel of
nonviolence with no compromise.
Living together based on ideals
Values-based, shared living communities like Agape are not new in
Tax resistance in America is as old as the Boston Tea Party. Resisters
typically resist or refuse payment of a tax because of opposition to the
institution collecting it, or to some of that institutions policies.
John L. Allen Jr.
Christian leaders praise letter's interreligious goodwill.
Cardinal Jean-Baptiste Pham Minh Man of Ho Chi Minh City says Chinese
officials look to the Catholic church in Vietnam to help China and the Holy See
understand each other.
In these post-9/11 days, it's getting harder to find.
Big Brother is watching you, especially if you dissent
You can forgive Tim Vining if he doesnt feel that his society is
making great progress on civil liberties during wartime. Last year he learned
he had been the target of FBI surveillance during protests to the buildup to
the invasion of Iraq.
At the urging of an archdiocesan official, the pastor of a Minneapolis
Catholic parish canceled a scheduled talk by a Catholic man and his daughter
about how the family coped with the daughters coming out as a
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, initially barred from speaking at the
University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. and now
invited, says he will not accept the invitation unless a demoted professor is
reinstated as the director of the universitys Justice and Peace Studies
New political document drafted
Nancy Frazier O'Brien
Well-formed consciences must guide Catholic citizens, says U.S.
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Living in fear is a choice
Americans have tolerated a national security state
for more than 55 years, ever since President Truman signed the 1952 directive
that focused intelligence agencies and military resources on fighting the Cold
War against international communism. The tradeoffs between the civil liberties
guaranteed by the Bill of Rights and the government’s need to protect the nation
have been continuous ever since.
Closing the door on ourselves
When the musical Fiddler on the Roof first opened on
Broadway back in 1964, few could have predicted that this tale of a Jewish
father struggling to preserve tradition and at the same time to love his five
tradition-breaking daughters would become a metaphor for families coping
through the 1960s and 70s with shattering social and religious
Nuclear energy is something that can do good for humanity ...
[that] is certainly valid for Iran, too.
-- Cardinal Renato Martino, president of the Pontifical Council for
Justice and Peace, expressing support for a nuclear energy program in Iran, as
long as it serves peaceful purposes
A dangerous division
The Senate's partition plan for Iraq will make a tragic situation
Selection of new prelates doesn't reflect the
A leading Republican congressman harshly criticized a Catholic group
that ran radio ads in October targeting 10 members of Congress who opposed the
State Childrens Health Insurance Program, known as SCHIP.
Reformers meet; report of abuse in R.I. released
The church reform organization Voice of the Faithful gathered for its
national convention here Oct. 19 and 20, even as victim advocates voiced
frustration with the group and the hierarchy for not doing enough to bring
justice to survivors of clergy sexual abuse.
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It was 1966 and Mercy Sr. Suzanne Toolan had been asked to write a song
for an event in the San Francisco archdiocese. With the deadline looming, she
worked on a song in an unoccupied room next to the infirmary in the Catholic
girls high school where she taught.
Protest against torture earns priests jail time
Franciscan Fr. Louis Vitale and Jesuit Fr. Stephen
Kelly were taken to jail Oct. 17 to begin five-month prison terms for acts of
civil disobedience protesting U.S. policy that they say sanctions torture. Both
were convicted of trespassing on a military base and failing to comply with
orders from a police officer.
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Gerald Renner, a former editor of Religion News Service and a longtime
religion writer for The Hartford Courant, died Oct. 24 of cancer. He was
75. Known for both investigative journalism and offbeat stories, Renner
continued his writing career after retiring from the Connecticut newspaper in
2000 after 15 years. He coauthored the book Vows of Silence: The Abuse of
Power in the Papacy of John Paul II in 2004.
New York's Storm Theatre presents two plays written by a young Karol
The program's new season confirms its bizarre reality.
One thought passed through my mind as I settled back in the easy chair:
What China is this?
The forgiving Amish
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A memorable quote from this
Svea Frasers last name was misspelled in Chuck Colberts Oct.
26 story about Voice of the Faithfuls celebrating its fifth anniversary.
Fraser was one of the founders of the Catholic reform organization.
The spring 2008 PeaceJam event at which Archbishop Desmond Tutu will
speak will be held at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minn. The name
of the university was incorrect in Claire Schaeffer-Duffys Oct. 19 story
about the University of St. Thomas refusing to host Tutu and later
changing its mind. Julie Swiler is the spokeswoman for the Jewish Community
Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas. Her last name was misspelled in