USA: Breaking the Spell
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USA: Breaking the Spell

As you might imagine, the suggestion that “America Needs Catholicism” was not received enthusiastically by letter writers to the Times. One correspondent asked where the Church had been in the 1920s and 1930s during the advent of European fascism. A fair question, to be sure, but one that ignores how the Church became an outspoken and…

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USA: ‘White Nationalism Greatest Threat to Peace’ – Fr Bryan Massingale

“The brutal mob violence of Jan. 6 was a clear declaration that many white Americans would rather live in a white dictatorship than in a multiracial democracy. If democracy means sharing power with people of color, and especially black people, they want no part of it,” Father Massingale said. White nationalism’s “commitment to racist political…

Hispanic Catholics Still Unaccommodated in U.S.
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Hispanic Catholics Still Unaccommodated in U.S.

After more than a decade of researching parish life, and after teaching many cohorts of diverse pastoral ministers, something has become disturbingly clear to me: institutionalized racial and ethnic inequality, especially of the anti-Hispanic variety, is endemic in Catholic parishes.  There are statistics that bear this out. From 2011 to 2013, the National Study of…

John Allen Jr on U.S. Bishops’ Vote on Communion Practices
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John Allen Jr on U.S. Bishops’ Vote on Communion Practices

In this episode: U.S. bishops vote on communion practices, Holy See cautions U.S. bishops against denying communion, meeting of Pope Francis and President Biden deferred, U.S. Supreme Court unanimously sides with Catholic adoption agency, three Catholic priests in Umbria leave priesthood to get married. Source: CRUXnow

Sr Isabel Kelly FMSJ Obituary
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Sr Isabel Kelly FMSJ Obituary

Your prayers requested for the repose of the soul of Sister Isabel Kelly who died at Franciscan Convent, Blackburn on 28th May 2021 Isabel Kelly was born on 31st January 1934, the eldest of four daughters  of Winifred and William Kelly in Milngarvie, Dumbarton, Scotland.  She is predeceased by her sisters Molly and Helen and…

Fool for Christ – The Story of Dorothy Day
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Fool for Christ – The Story of Dorothy Day

In this one-woman drama, Sarah Melici masterfully plays Dorothy as well as eleven other characters, including Forster Batterham, the father of her daughter. As a costume, she wears a simple replica of the prison uniform from Dorothy’s last arrest, when she was jailed with the farm workers in Delano, California, supporting Cesar Chavez and the…

Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew
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Pasolini’s The Gospel According to St. Matthew

Some of the most intriguing artistic tributes to faith and religion come from nonbelievers. A Man For All Seasons, the great drama of the life and martyrdom of St. Thomas More, was written for the stage and screen by the non-Christian Robert Bolt. The story of The Song of Bernadette, the Marian visionary of Lourdes, was first…