Friday, August 26, 2016

A Trump win depends on white Catholics.

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Aug 25 2016 - 10:32am | Robert David Sullivan
A Trump win depends on white Catholics.
One hundred years ago, the Democrats were the second-place party, only occasionally breaking out of its Electoral College prison in the rural South. It was saved by the Catholic vote—first the Irish, then the Polish, the Italians and other immigrant groups—which allowed the Democrats to win Northern urban states like New York and Pennsylvania. By the 1960s, when the South began to break away from the party over civil rights, Catholics were the backbone of the Democratic Party.

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Should the bishops denounce Trump?

Should the bishops denounce Trump?

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Mark Silk, Director of the Greenberg Center for the Study of Religion in Public Life, recently posted an item at his RNS blog “Spiritual Politics” in which he asked why the U.S. bishops were so quiet about the presidential election. He noted that Archbishop Charles Chaput had recently posted a column on the subject but that, compared to our evangelical friends, the Catholic bishops have not spoken up and he encouraged them to do so.

Preaching and hospitality fill churches

Preaching and hospitality fill churches

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Faith and Justice: "If you build it, they will come" was the belief of church leaders in the past. A new study indicates that's becoming less true today...

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Benedict says he quit because he couldn't face another trip

Benedict says he quit because he couldn't face another trip

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30 release in Italy, emeritus Pope Benedict XVI once again knocks down speculation about the motives for his resignation, saying it was solely because he was tired and unable to take up another grueling international trip.

Maynooth to review policies in wake of allegations about seminarians' behaviour

Maynooth to review policies in wake of allegations about seminarians' behaviour 

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Far reaching changes have been announced by the trustees of the national seminary in Maynooth, Ireland, aimed at tackling disquiet over “an unhealthy atmosphere”, allegations of inappropriate sexual behaviour and concerns about an inadequate complaints procedure...

Will next synod address ordaining 'elders' -- both women and men?

Will next synod address ordaining 'elders' -- both women and men?

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Simply Spirit: As the church seeks creative ways to serve local communities, ministerial equality should be high on the agenda, right alongside access to the Eucharist.

Spiritually motivated: How Tim Kaine navigates his faith and politics

Spiritually motivated: How Tim Kaine navigates his faith and politics

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Interview: The Democratic vice presidential candidate spoke with NCR about his Catholic faith influences his public service and how to find common ground after a heated election....

Pope Francis says priests must be taught to see shades of gray