story -- Franz Jägerstätter
Beatification honors married farmer's heroic stance.
Few in the world knew of the Austrian farmer who refused to join the
German war effort before Gordon Zahn wrote In Solitary Witness: The Life and
Death of Franz Jägerstätter. The book was published in 1964 and
quickly became an essential text for Catholics worldwide, but especially those
in the United States, dealing with issues of conscientious objection and
ones obligation when a Christian believes that what a state demands
conflicts with conscience.
Traditional Anglicans ask for communion with Catholics
Catholic News Service
Parishioners from three Church of Ireland parishes
have joined traditional Anglicans from 12 other countries in requesting that
the Catholic church receive them into full communion.
Two Catholic women are being ordained by Roman Catholic Womenpriests
here Nov. 11, prompting outrage from Catholic officials -- outrage that,
surprisingly, is directed less at the women aspiring to the Catholic
priesthood, or at the movement ordaining them, than toward a rabbi who agreed
to host the event.
Faith groups hold screenings of anti-torture film
Religion News Service
As part of a new initiative led by the National Religious Campaign
Against Torture, houses of worship nationwide are sponsoring more than 500
screenings of a documentary investigating U.S. maltreatment of detainees.
Archbishop, priests resist anti-immigration law
Religion News Service
Archbishop Eusebius Beltran and a council of priests
have joined an ecumenical Pledge of Resistance against one of the
nations broadest state laws restricting illegal immigration.
As Sauda remembers it, the men mostly came in groups. In the country she left behind, she was taken from her home at midnight
after participating in a peaceful protest demonstration and whisked away with
bound wrists. Before relatives paid for her freedom, she was imprisoned for 35
days, held in a small cement room with a barrel as her toilet. Dull light
filtered through the metal bars.
U.S. food aid: Switch to cash
We Americans are accustomed to seeing ourselves generous and, indeed,
many among us are extraordinarily generous. What, then, might surprise many is
a scandalous lack of generosity in the aid policies of our government.
A legacy of journalistic scrutiny
It is only in recent decades that religion reporting, once an enterprise
largely confined to reprints of Sunday sermons and schedules of services, began
to become more visible as a respected component of general news. Gerald Renner,
a writer most recently known for his investigative work on the secretive
Legionaries of Christ, was one of those instrumental in helping to move
religion reporting from the pious ghetto of the old church pages
into the mainstream of newspapers and magazines.
Take a few minutes and write a note to Britney Spears. No
preaching. No criticizing. Just love. ... Lets love Britney the way Jesus
-- Pastor John Weece to his congregation at Southland Christian Church
in Lexington, Ky.
A rabble-rouser in the parish
Pope Benedict XVI recently urged the abandonment of nuclear
weapons, citing the genuine proliferation concerns this lethal and immoral
technology represents. But during his July public address at Castel Gandolfo,
the pontiff expressed a widely held but erroneous assumption: that the spread
of civilian nuclear technology can help to alleviate poverty and even
contribute to peace, health and prosperity throughout the
Advocacy groups hope for cap on subsidy payments.
Patron saints for farmers
Farm workers have their choice when it comes to invoking patron
Song from '50s still paying off
Peter Finney Jr.
Fr. Cayet Mangiaracina, who co-wrote Hello, Mary Lou, Goodbye
Heart, simply shakes his head and chuckles as he collects thousands of
dollars in royalty checks for a rock n roll classic that he cowrote
in the 1950s.
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
What price Christianity?
When we least expect it, life can challenge our beliefs in a way that
does not allow for compromise. To preserve the integrity of a decision, we may
have to pay a high price. In late October, NCR sent Tom Roberts
to Austria to attend the beatification ceremony of Franz Jägerstätter, an
Austrian farmer who was executed Aug. 9, 1943, for his refusal to serve the Nazi
army. Our decisions are seldom of this magnitude, but Jägerstätter’s life forces
us to reflect on whether there is anything in our own beliefs for which we would
lay down our lives. What value do we place on our beliefs? Which ones cannot be
Ne'er-do-well Francis Thompson wrote the still-haunting 'Hound of
Catholic pacifist prolife activist, Stephen J. Spiro dies
In his obituary, longtime Catholic peace activist Stephen J. Spiro
called himself a political criminal. Spiro, who lost his battle with liposarcoma Oct. 23 in New Jersey, made
sure he said his goodbyes to the scores of people he knew from close to 50
years as a consistent life Catholic pacifist, pro-life activist and war
Life in close-ups
Joseph Cunneen and Kevin Doherty
'Lake of Fire' is a documentary debate on abortion; 'Things We Lost in
the Fire' is about family replacements.
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