I. Some challenges of today’s world 52. In our time humanity is experiencing a turning-point in its history, as we can see from the advances being made in so many fields. We can only praise the steps being taken to improve people’s welfare in areas such as health care, education and communications. At the same time we have to remember that the majority of our contemporaries are barely living from day to day, with dire consequences. A number of diseases… Read more

Craft Brewers Seek to Buy Anheuser-Busch InBev and ‘Take Craft Back’ The Brewers Association, the parent organization of the American Homebrewers Association, has announced the craft brewing community’s intent to Take Craft Back from Anheuser-Busch InBev by purchasing the beverage-alcohol giant outright. After years of watching Big Beer acquire craft breweries, the country’s small and independent craft brewers have decided to flip the script. The website TakeCraftBack.com is now accepting support from craft beer lovers, with the (crazy?) goal of… Read more

Integralism, jansenism, americanism, capitalism – heresies on campus? Why is it such an emotional subject for someone to refrain from recommending his alma mater to others? I don’t often share that I attended Franciscan University of Steubenville – most people don’t even know it exists. For those who do know that it exists, I am usually quite blunt in offering a firm but simple ‘no’ when asked if I would recommend attending the school. Today on Facebook I shared the following: Franciscan… Read more

Dear Friends, Our three children (a three-year-old girl and six-month-old twin boys) and I have recently signed up for Father Joe’s Villages’ A Short Walk Home, where we will be walking and fundraising to help end homelessness in San Diego. I’m not sure if you are aware that San Diego has the 4th highest homeless population in the US. Combining that with the lowest rental vacancy rates in the country, our community is seeing more and more people being forced… Read more

According to The Oregonian: For nearly four years, this Redmond couple has been fighting to prove to the state of Oregon that they are intellectually capable of raising their children. The Department of Human Services has removed both of their boys, saying the parents are too mentally limited to be good parents. Fabbrini, 31, and Ziegler, 38, lost custody of their older son, Christopher, shortly after he was born. Five months ago, the state took their second child, newborn Hunter,… Read more

Graphic video shows San Diego Police K9 holding on to prone man’s arm for over thirty seconds while in handcuffs.. A video posted on Facebook by Angel Nuñez shows a San Diego Police K9 maintaining its bite of an individual accused of behaving erratically, punching a cab driver, and attempting to steal a motorcycle on Sunday, July 9. The individual, indentified by news reports and court records as Karond P. Cheatum, was eventually arrested on suspicion of robbery, battery and being… Read more

In friendship with the LGBT community, Bishop Patrick J. McGrath of San Jose told diocesan leadership: “We will not refuse sacraments or Christian Burial to anyone who requests them in good faith.” Bishop Patrick Joseph McGrath of San Jose emphasized compassionate, pastoral care to members of the LGBT community in a directive addressed to diocesan leadership dated June 29, 2017. Bishop McGrath wrote, Recent news reports of policies and practices related to members of the LGBT community in other dioceses… Read more

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