November 4, 2018

The world needs this today. And every day. Watch. Tree of Life Congregant Shares a Message of StrengthI grew up at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue. Our community remains full of love, pride, and strength in the face of hatredPosted by NowThis Opinions on Saturday, November 3, 2018 Read more

November 3, 2018

A sobering and, frankly, shocking assessment from a combined analysis of The Boston Globe and Philadelphia Inquirer: Bishop Robert Finn wasn’t going anywhere. He never alerted authorities about photos of young girls’ genitals stashed on a pastor’s laptop. He kept parishioners in the dark, letting the priest mingle with children and families. Even after a judge found the bishop guilty of failing to report the priest’s suspected child abuse — and after 200,000 people petitioned for his ouster — he refused to go…. Read more

November 3, 2018

Nice:  Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh turned down more than $600,000 raised by a GoFundMe campaign in his name this week. John Hawkins, the man who started the fundraising campaign, updated the page and posted a statement he said was from Justice Kavanaugh’s legal team. The campaign was closed to new donations on Oct. 6, and had raised $611,645 by then. “Justice Kavanaugh did not authorize the use of his name to raise funds in connection with the GoFundMe campaign. He was not able to do… Read more

November 2, 2018

This may be a first for network news:  Cantor Azi Schwartz of the Park Avenue Synagogue recites the Jewish Kaddish as a tribute to the 11 victims of the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. Watch below.   Read more

November 2, 2018

From CNS:  Although sand castles and sculptures usually conjure up images of hot summers on the beach, the Vatican will unveil a massive Nativity scene made entirely of sand during the cold Roman winter. According to the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, the Nativity scene displayed in St. Peter’s Square will feature a 52-foot wide sand sculpture from Jesolo, an Italian seaside resort town roughly 40 miles north of Venice. The intricate sculpture, along with a 42-foot-tall red spruce tree donated… Read more

November 2, 2018

Earlier today, I was moved to share some thoughts about what is happening in the world these days over at the blog for CNEWA (Catholic Near East Welfare Association) which I edit. CNEWA has made working for unity and solidarity a central part of its mission, and I thought attention must be paid: You don’t need a post-graduate degree to notice our world right now is torn apart — and hatred and division are a big part of it. Whether… Read more

November 2, 2018

This is a story more people need to see. Especially now. Watch below, from Good Morning America.   Read more

November 2, 2018

The mind boggles: At Fort Des Moines Church of Christ, Pastor Mike Demastus says the staff does everything they can to ensure the safety of their congregation. “Sometimes it makes for things to be a little awkward and uncomfortable,” said Pastor Demastus. “People don`t understand why there`s people with head pieces, you know, why are you doing that or whatever? But, it`s all about the fact that we love each other. We love each other enough to make sure that… Read more

November 1, 2018

Details: An East Village priest who IRA gun runners called “the underground general” may give the Boston funeral Mass for mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, the New York Post reported. A funeral director who provides burial services for poor Irish-Americans asked Father Patrick Maloney if he would conduct the funeral mass for the murderous Boston gangster who was slain in federal prison Tuesday, the newspaper reported. The death of 89-year-old Bulger, who was convicted of 11 murders and several counts of racketeering, is being investigated… Read more

November 1, 2018

Good grief:  The bishop of the Belleville Diocese in southern Illinois apparently had two very different visits to Catholic schools this week. At Our Lady Queen of Peace in Belleville, he told fifth- and sixth-grade students that there is no Santa Claus and they should not celebrate Halloween, according to parents. At Blessed Sacrament School, he answered students’ questions about clergy sex abuse and famous people he had met, and asked what they would dress as for Halloween, the principal… Read more

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