Pope says Catholic church supports “responsible parenting” but criticises ‘ideological colonisation’ of the developing world
Pope defends church’s opposition to artificial contraception
AP, January 20
Catholics do not have to breed “like rabbits” and should instead practise “responsible parenting”, Pope Francis said on Monday.
Speaking to reporters en route home from the Philippines, Francis said […]
NYT – The veteran CNN anchor Jim Clancy has left the network after a series of Twitter messages he wrote about the terrorist attack on the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead.
In the tweets, which were sent on the day of the attack, Mr. Clancy wrote about […]
AP, January 16
Manilla – Pope Francis issued his strongest defense yet of church teaching opposing artificial contraception on Friday, using a rally in Asia’s largest Catholic nation to urge families to be “sanctuaries of respect for life.”
Francis also denounced the corruption that has plagued the Philippines for decades and urged officials to instead […]
Lethal injection of convicted murderer will use controversial drug cocktail; Florida also set for execution Thursday.
AP, January 15
After a nearly nine-month delay prompted by a botched lethal injection last spring, Oklahoma plans to execute a death row inmate Thursday with the same controversial three-drug method Florida intends to use around an hour earlier.
He was the Independent’s star columnist whose lying and cheating destroyed his career. Now Johann Hari is back, with a book about drug-taking – including his own. But will anyone believe a word of it?
The Guardian, Decca Aitkenhead, January 2
When I heard that Johann Hari had written a book about the war on […]
Grabbed baby Jesus statue
Thomson Reuters, December 27
Vatican City – The Vatican said it had arrested a member of women’s rights group Femen who on Christmas Day bared her breasts and grabbed a statue of the baby Jesus from a nativity scene in front of thousands of people in St. Peter’s Square.
Femen’s website […]
BBC, December 25
Two Saudi women who were detained for defying a ban on female drivers are to be tried in a terrorism court, activists say.
Loujain al-Hathloul, 25, and Maysa al-Amoudi, 33, have been in detention for nearly a month.
The women’s cases had reportedly been transferred over comments they had made on social […]
AP, December 22
New Delhi – Opposition lawmakers, charging that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has done little to stop hard-liners in his party from forcibly converting religious minorities to Hinduism, threw Parliament into an uproar Monday, with the upper house of Parliament adjourned after descending into shouting matches.
Right-wing Hindu groups allied to the ruling […]
Bookies off the mark as Church of England names the Rev Libby Lane as its first female bishop in Stockport, Greater Manchester The Telegraph, By John Bingham, December 17
A parish priest from Hale has made history as the first woman to be named as a bishop in the Church of England.
The Rev Libby […]
The Inuit migration south to Ottawa has picked up speed, a challenge for those used to traditional life
Al Jazeera, By Leyland Cecco, November 23
Ottawa, Ontario — Dion Metcalfe pulls up his shirt to reveal an inukshuk tattooed onto his stomach. The stone cairn, used to guide or mark a path in the North, […]
What a new report on theology and global warming means for public policy
The Atlantic, By Emma Green, November 22
Snowmageddon, snowpocalypse, snowzilla, just snow. Superstorm Sandy, receding shorelines, and more. Hurricanes Isaac, Ivan, and Irene, with cousins Rammasun, Bopha, and Haiyan.
The parade of geological changes and extreme weather events around the world since […]
This, via Monksworks, from Thomas Merton:
Let me say this before rain becomes a utility that they can plan and distribute for money. By “they” I mean the people who cannot understand that rain is a festival, who do not appreciate its gratuity, who think that what has no price has no value, that what […]
AP, By Rachel Zoll, November 10
Baltimore (- no irony) — America’s Catholic bishops came together Monday to project an image of unity, after a Vatican meeting on the family unleashed an uproar over the direction of the church.
Last month’s gathering in Rome on more compassionately ministering to families featured open debate — alarming […]
Truthout, By Eleanor J. Bader, November 8
It bills itself as “southwest Florida’s newest hometown . . . A town where children can ride their bikes to school, walk to the candy store and scoot their way to the ice cream shop. Where neighbors are friends and life is good. Where everyone enjoys life as […]
The Voice of America, By Carolyn Presutti, October 18
Miami – Latinos are one of the fastest growing groups in the Muslim religion.
According to the organization whyIslam.org, about 6 percent of American Muslims are Latino.
And according to Latino American Dawah Organization (LADO), a group that promotes Latino conversions, a little more than […]