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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Who Needs Drones When You Have Super Secret Space Planes
Oct 14 2014 - 5:40am
Jim McDermott
If the rumors are true, today at Vandenberg Air Force Base, near Lompoc, California, the U.S. Air Force will land its robotic space plane X-37B after 22 months in orbit. 
What—you didn’t know the Air Force had a “space plane”? That it was robotic (among other things it supposedly lands itself)? That it had been circling above us for the last 671 days?
America Announces New Catholic Literary Prize
Oct 13 2014 - 10:49am

Kevin Clarke
America magazine and Saint Thomas More Chapel at Yale University, seeking to recognize the finest literary work of Roman Catholic intelligence and imagination, announce the creation of the George W. Hunt Prize, a $25,000 award that will consider works in a variety of genres, including journalism, fiction, poetry, drama, music, memoir, biography, history, art criticism and academic scholarship.
A Stunning Change
Oct 13 2014 - 9:55am
James Martin, SJ
Today the Synod of Bishops issued a document that represents a stunning change in the way that the Catholic church speaks about the LBGT community. The Synod said that gay people have "gifts and talents to offer the Christian community." This is something that even a few years ago would have been unthinkable, from even the most open-minded of prelates--that is, a statement of outright praise for the...
How Long Does Hell Last?
Oct 11 2014 - 8:15pm
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Francis X. Clooney, SJ
Cambridge, MA. I was intrigued to read in today’s New York Times (October 11) an article by Mark Oppenheimer on “conditionalism,” a theological perspective on the non-eternity of hell proposed, in modern times, by Dr. Edward Fudge. Read it yourself here.
Georgetown and Adjuncts Come to Terms
Oct 10 2014 - 5:26pm

Kevin Clarke
Continuing to set a standard on the working conditions and treatment of adjunct professors, Georgetown University has reached a tentative agreement with SEIU Local 500 on all of the terms of the university's first collective bargaining agreement covering part-time faculty members on the main campus. The agreement remains to be ratified by the SEIU local.
Catholic bishops debate: Where does doctrine end and pastoral practice begin?
Oct 9 2014 - 4:29pm
David Gibson - Religion News Service
Senior Catholic leaders meeting at the Vatican are deep into passionate debates about how the church can respond to the realities of modern family life, yet at the same time they have repeatedly stressed that they are not going to alter long-standing doctrines, such as the teaching on divorce and remarriage.
Does that mean the hopes for real changes are DOA just a few days into the high-level summit?
'Smart Money' on Pope Francis for Nobel Peace Prize
Oct 9 2014 - 4:18pm
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Kevin Clarke
CNN has this list of likely winners for the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, which will be announced tomorrow, but says the "smart money" is on Pope Francis:
Bishop's Blunt Talk on Iraqi Inaction on Christian Suffering
Oct 9 2014 - 12:41pm
Kevin Clarke
In a blunt assessment of the response of the Iraqi government to the suffering of Christians from the northern Nineveh province, a leading Chaldean Catholic bishop said, "Our people have been abandoned."
Chaldean Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil blasted both the Iraqi government and local and regional Muslim leaders not only for their lack of material support to Christians following the vast dislocation of the community in flight from ISIS militants over recent months, but also for an...
Science for Seminaries Project To Bring Science and Religion Together
Oct 9 2014 - 9:55am
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Mary Ann Walsh
The theology schools at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and the Jesuit-run Santa Clara University in California are among 10 Christian theology schools awarded grants to integrate studies in hard sciences into their theological curricula.
The grants, called “Science for Seminaries,” were announced Oct. 9 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science and supported by funds from the John Templeton Foundation.
Social Justice Ministry in Chicago: From Bernardin to George to Cupich
Oct 8 2014 - 11:01am

Bill Purcell
Many iPhones lit up the night Bishop Blase Cupich of Spokane was announced as the replacement for my former boss, Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I. The appointment of Bishop Cupich as the new ordinary for the Archdiocese of Chicago has been presented by many in the media as a discontinuance of “George the Corrector.” It did not take long even for the infrequent follower of religious politics to weigh in about the differences between Cupich and George.
Too Much? CEO Compensation and Catholic Social Teaching
Oct 8 2014 - 9:34am
James Martin, SJ
Addressing the Catholic Finance Association in New York City: October 7, 2014.  
The Catholic Vampire: Author Q&A with Anne Rice
Oct 8 2014 - 6:44am

Sean Salai, S.J.
Anne Rice is a New Orleans-born author of gothic fiction and Christian literature. She is best known for her novel series The Vampire Chronicles which revolve around the central character of Lestat. Two of the books were adapted for Hollywood films, Interview with the Vampire:...
The Qualities—and Limitations—of Mercy
Oct 6 2014 - 12:55pm

Kevin Clarke
Cardinal Péter Erdö of Hungary, as the relator for the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the Family, opened this historic discussion in Rome on Oct. 6 with a presentation that seemed intended to lower expectations on the eventual outcome of the synod in 2015 while holding out a few strands of hope to those who seek alteration in church disciplines—particularly regarding the treatment of...
Pope Tells Synod Fathers: Let Us Not Thwart "God's Dream" For His People
Oct 5 2014 - 2:03pm
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Gerard O'Connell
“Synod Assemblies are not meant to discuss beautiful and clever ideas; or to see who is more intelligent,” Pope Francis told the 191 synod fathers from all continents gathered with him in St Peter’s Basilica as they concelebrated mass on Sunday morning, October 5, for the opening of this crucially important synod on the family.
Synod assemblies “are meant... to help God realize his dream, his loving plan for his people,” he said.
Cardinal Wuerl Homily at Red Mass
Oct 5 2014 - 8:30am

Donald W. Wuerl
Sometime ago as I stood at the back of a parish church following Mass greeting members of the parish, a family approached and its youngest member, a boy of about 5, asked me, “Why do you call us brothers and sisters? You’re not my brother.”
I said to him, “There is a sense in which we are all brothers and sisters because we are all members of God’s family.” He looked at me then looked back at his mother who was standing behind him. When she shook her head affirmatively he turned back...
Francis: Synod Fathers Must 'Listen'; Do 'Whatever' Jesus Tells Them
Oct 4 2014 - 6:37pm

Gerard O'Connell
Speaking at a candlelight prayer vigil in St Peter’s Square on the eve of the opening of the synod of bishops on the family, Pope Francis made clear that he wants ‘the synod fathers’ to listen attentively to God and to the cry of the people, and to keep their sights fixed firmly on Jesus and do “whatever” he tells them.
He described the coming together of the 191 synod fathers with the Bishop of Rome as “an event of grace, in which episcopal collegiality is manifested in a journey of...
At California Universities, Christian Groups Face ‘De-Recognition’
Oct 3 2014 - 3:22pm

Jim McDermott
InterVarsity Christian Fellowship organizations in the massive, 23 campus, 450,000 student California State University system have been brought under new rules by which many of them may be “de-recognized” as official student groups. The change comes as a result of the C.S.U.’s 2011 decision to change its student club membership policies to an “all comers” policy.
Cardinal Baldisseri: Bishops At The Synod Should Speak Freely, Clearly And With Courage
Oct 3 2014 - 2:14pm
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Gerard O'Connell
“A broad freedom of expression” in “a climate of respect for every position, mutual charity and an authentic constructive sense” will be the hallmarks of the extraordinary synod of bishops on the family that opens on October 5.  
Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the Secretary General of the synod, stated this at a press conference in the Vatican today when he presented the agenda and new methodology for that important event.
Congressmen Paul Ryan and Joe Kennedy Respond to Pope's Calls to Empower the Poor
Oct 3 2014 - 11:32am

Ashley McKinless
America asked two prominent members of Congress, both Catholics with famous names, to respond to Pope Francis’ repeated calls to empower the poor.
Carrie Newcomer: Ignatian Folksinger?
Oct 2 2014 - 9:32am

Judith Valente
Poet James Merrill once described his fellow writer Elizabeth Bishop as “a genius masquerading as an ordinary woman.” I thought of that line after spending two days this past summer working on a profile for PBS-TV’s Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly on the Quaker folk singer Carrie Newcomer.
Newcomer has been described as a “prairie mystic” (she lives in Bloomington IN) and as “a minister of the wide-eyed gospel of hope.”
California's New Sexual Assault Law and the Catholic Church
Oct 2 2014 - 7:26am

Jim McDermott
As reported in America’s Sept. 29th Current Comment “Protecting Human Dignity,” California Governor Jerry Brown has signed into law the country’s first “affirmative consent” bill, mandating that sexual partners on state college campuses must give “affirmative, conscious and voluntary agreement” for sexual activity to be considered legal.
Homily of Pope Francis Celebrating 200 Years Since the Re-Establishment of the Society Of Jesus
Oct 1 2014 - 3:00pm

The Editors
Thank you to Michael Paul Gallagher, S.J., in Rome for sending this translation of the homily Pope Francis delivered during the celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Jesuit restoration. The Vespers service took place on Saturday September 27 at the Gesu Church in Rome. You can read more about it here.
Cardinal Zen: "I'm Praying The Situation In Hong Kong Won't Become Another Tiananmen"
Oct 1 2014 - 2:41pm

Gerard O'Connell
“Nothing like this has happened in Hong Kong before. I’m just praying that it won’t become like Tiananmen, the situation is similar in many ways.  We must pray this does not happen!” This is what Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun told me by phone from Hong Kong on the evening of October 1.
Special Days of Prayer, Service, Community To Mark Year of Consecrated Life in United States
Oct 1 2014 - 12:58pm

Mary Ann Walsh
Catholics in the U.S. will mark the 2015 Year of Consecrated Life with special days to highlight prayer, service and community.
The observances were announced Oct. 1 at a media conference in Washington, D.C., led by Bishop Michael Burbidge of Raleigh, N.C. Bishop Burbidge heads the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations.
The U.S events are the national response to the Vatican-initiated yearlong celebration, set to begin the first weekend of Advent...
Faith & Technology: Q&A with Peter Thiel
Oct 1 2014 - 7:25am

Sean Salai, S.J.
Peter Thiel, a member of the Forbes 400 list with a net worth estimated at $2.2 billion in 2014, is a venture capitalist and entrepreneur. Co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, Mr. Thiel has been involved with some of the biggest companies in...
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