Advent is an evangelist that preaches a two-pronged Gospel.
Journalist Nicholas Kristof talks about genocide in Sudan and what
can be done to end it.
Curial cardinal says celibacy can be discussed
John L. Allen Jr.
Pope Benedict XVIs choice as the churchs top official for
priests has said that celibacy is not a dogma, and that the
Catholic church can reflect on the subject. The explosive character of the issue, however, was reflected in a
clarification issued in the name of the cardinal by the Vatican
Press Office Dec. 4.
John L. Allen Jr.
Whatever one makes of Pope Benedict XVIs shift from a red
light to a yellow light on Turkeys candidacy for the
European Union, it was actually not the most jarring discontinuity between
Joseph Ratzinger the cardinal and Benedict the pope during the Turkey trip.
Musing on Oaxaca and the country as a whole, our neighbor, Señor
Roberto, recalled the words of dictator Porfirio Díaz: The
sleeping tiger must not be awakened. Díazs words echo with
special resonance in his own state, where a teachers strike grew into a
broad-based coalition demanding the resignation of the governor.
Roundtable offers high-powered counsulting, faces skepticism
The driving concept behind the lay-led National Leadership Roundtable on
Church Management is simple enough: Take the best tools of modern management --
detailed budgeting, comprehensive financial disclosure, human resource policies
that reward high performers -- promote them widely within existing church
structures, and then apply them to the diocese and parish.
$60 million to settle abuse claims in L.A.
The Los Angeles archdiocese has announced it will pay $60 million to
settle 45 sexual-abuse claims made against its clergy. The decision will help
bring to a close 8 percent of the 562 cases brought against the nations
largest archdiocese, and will cover two periods when the church had little or
no insurance against sexual abuse claims.
Iraq report step in right direction
The Iraq Study Group Report is many things: the realist response to
neoconservative adventurism, a devastating critique of a miserably failed
policy, and a call for diplomacy and politics to supplant arms as the key
weapon in the arsenal of the worlds only superpower in the planets
most volatile region.
Carter's experience worth a hearing
Former President Jimmy Carter certainly stirred a hornets nest
with the publication of his new book: Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid. He
has said he intended to be provocative, and he has, provoking the kind of
discussion he envisioned as well as the not unexpected criticism and
The richest 1 percent of adults own 40 percent of the
worlds household wealth, while half the world shares barely 1
-- Findings of a study released by the Helsinki-based World Institute
for Development Economics Research, which shows an ever-widening disparity
between the worlds rich and poor
A new book remembers Sr. Ita Ford
This moving 250-page volume was put together by Sr. Ita Fords
family and friends. Her legacy is being carried forward by her brother William
Ford, a New York lawyer who has had significant victories in courts against
some of the Salvadoran warlords now living in affluence in the United
The limits to assimilation
Muslim immigration poses a new and perhaps overwhelming challenge to
the United States.
Raymond A. Schroth
Young black males need society's attention.
Bible not the only book used for politicians' oath-takings
Religion News Service
When Keith Ellison, the Minnesota Democrat who last month was elected
the first Muslim in Congress, announced he would take his oath as a member of
the House on the Quran, he provoked sharp criticism from conservatives.
FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
The light and quiet of winter
I think often this time of year of light and quiet. Light, because so
much of what the Catholic community thinks about in December is the coming of
the Light and because so much of what surrounds us during this season, at least
where seasons exist and the cold visits, invites us to quiet.
James Stephen Behrens
I am 57 years old and the voice of my mom still comes to me at times.
She lives some distance from here, but her presence is never far. Last week was
my week as lead cantor. I looked at the hymn one morning, just before 4:00, and
did not know it. I whispered to Tom Francis. He hummed a few notes, but it did
not sound right. He smiled and said, Well, lets try it together and
'The Nativity Story' is moving and unsentimental; 'Climates' show pain of human
Jimmy Carter on Palestine
Philip C. Wilcox Jr.
Poetry for December 15, 2006
Letters for December 15, 2006
Classifieds for December 15, 2006
News Briefs for December 15, 2006
People for December 15, 2006
A memorable quote from this week's issue.