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Desmond Tutu Blasts US Drones

  • Tutu: 'Does the US really want to tell those of us in the rest of the world that our lives are not of the same value as yours?'
  • American or Not, All Victims Are Human
  • Do Arabs Cry For Their Children Too
  • Bill Hadebank comments on this article
  • David Swanson replies to Bill Hadebank

Lauren McCauley, Common Dreams

 

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Longtime peace activist and Nobel Prize winner, Archbishop Desmond Tutu. (Photograph: Zak Hussein/PA)

February 14, 2013 | In a letter to the New York Times published Wednesday, South African Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu challenged the hypocrisy of the US and its citizens for accepting a killer drone program when it pertains to foreign suspects while demanding judicial review when those targets are American citizens.

 

He writes: Do the United States and its people really want to tell those of us who live in the rest of the world that our lives are not of the same value as yours? That President Obama can sign off on a decision to kill us with less worry about judicial scrutiny than if the target is an American? Would your Supreme Court really want to tell humankind that we, like the slave Dred Scott in the 19th century, are not as human as you are? I cannot believe it.

 

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Do Arabs Cry For Their Children Too? Tom McNamara, Sabbah Report / Axis of Logic 

Bill Hadebank comments on this article, William Habedank 

Hi, Tutu is dead right on this.  We Americans need to raise the roof on this tragedy and its moral failing.  Drone warfare is terrorism, plain and simple!  We are killing 9 innocents for every so called "terrorist".  These people die with no legal defense and the innocents are not asked if they wish to die for the great "War on Terror".  Drones must be non-weaponized.

 

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Here are 63,000 people who agree with you, Bill,  -- and a long list of organizations.

 

Why the Cardinal Mahony scandal matters

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  • If anything, this scandal demonstrates that the future leadership of our church resides with the laity.
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James Salt, Catholics United

 

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Thursday, February 21, 2013 | There is a crisis of leadership within Catholicism. This crisis was made crystal clear this past week with the actions of Cardinal Roger Mahony and Archbishop Gomez in Los Angeles.

 

Recently, Roger Mahony made international headlines when court documents revealed systematic efforts to cover up the actions of abusive priests in his diocese. Instead of reporting instances of child rape to civil authorities, Mahony sent abusive priests out of state to avoid criminal prosecution. He even advised against sending abusive priests to therapy if those therapists were required by law to report crimes against children to the police.

 

Help us foster greater accountability within the church by signing our petition demanding Cardinal Roger Mahony stay home during the upcoming papal conclave.

 

To make matters worse, this past Friday Archbishop Gomez publicly supported Cardinal Mahony’s participation in the upcoming papal conclave. The papal conclave should be a time to celebrate the future of the church. By attending the conclave, Mahony will cast a shadow over the gathering by reminding everyone that our bishops and cardinals lack accountability.

 

Make no mistake about it. I once thought Cardinal Mahony was one of the good guys. His outspokenness on matters of social justice stood out. But he lost all of my respect when he placed the interests of the institutional church ahead of the interests of abused children.

 

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Roman Church admits the Pope's Guilt

  • Joseph Ratzinger to Evade Justice and Hide out in the Vatican for his own legal immunity and "protection"
  • An Urgent Update from the International Tribunal into Crimes of 
  • Church and State (ITCCS)

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David Horsey

 

February 15, 2013 | In a statement to Reuters today, Vatican officials announced that Joseph Ratzinger will remain a permanent resident of Vatican City after his resignation. Doing so will offer him legal protection from any attempt to prosecute him in connection with sexual abuse cases around the world, Church sources said today. 

 

"His continued presence in the Vatican is necessary, otherwise he might be defenseless".

 

This startling admission of guilt by the church is also a direct obstruction of justice, and lends more weight to the charge by the ITCCS and others that the Vatican has arranged with the Italian government to shield Ratzinger from criminal prosecution, in violation of international laws ratified by Italy.

 

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An Urgent Update from the International Tribunal into Crimes of Church and State (ITCCS) - Brussels 

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The Vatican decided today to give permanent sanctuary to a proven war criminal by allowing Joseph Ratzinger to obstruct justice and evade prosecution for crimes against humanity.

And the government of Italy is colluding in this abrogation of international law. 

 

Special Report | Catholic Bishops' Ongoing Abuse of Appropriate Human Sexuality: Week of February 3, 2013

  • The Catholic Church continues to demonstrate that it will employ any tactic — no matter how deplorable — to oppose appropriate human sexuality.
  • 8 New Items including:
    • Catholic Church Threatens To Fire British Gay Teachers Who Marry
    • Pope Benedict Takes Anti-Gay Marriage To New Level In Christmas Speech
    • Bishops Attack Religious Freedom;  Vatican Attacks Nuns
    • Ugandan Catholics Want “Kill the Gays” Bill Revived
    • Update: Catholics Plan Bomb Attack On Gay Parade
    • Catholic Hospital Denies Gay Man HIV Medicine
    • Vatican criticizes US nun's book on sexuality
    • Some MN priests differ with Catholic church over marriage amendment

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Catholic Church Threatens To Fire British Gay Teachers Who Marry, Zack Ford, Think Progress

  • The Catholic Church continues to demonstrate that it will employ any tactic — no matter how deplorable — to oppose same-sex marriage.
  • Pope Benedict Takes Anti-Gay Marriage To New Level In Christmas Speech
  • What Homophobes Are Afraid Of

Pope Benedict Takes Anti-Gay Marriage To New Level In Christmas Speech, Nicole Winfield, Associated Press / Huffington Post 

  • "People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being," he said. "They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves.
  • The manipulation of nature, which we deplore today where our environment is concerned, now becomes man's fundamental choice where he himself is concerned," he said.

Bishops Attack Religious Freedom;  Vatican Attacks Nuns, Rabbi Arthur Waskow, Shalom Center

  • Is “The Church” only the powerful 1%  -- or does it include the disempowered 99%?
  • The answer affects us all  -- for all of us are affected by the political power now being brought to bear by that 1% who now claim to be "The Church."
  • Sister Brigid McDonald calls Vatican's reprimand of U.S. nuns group a 'misuse of power'
  • The War on Gays

Ugandan Catholics Want “Kill the Gays” Bill Revived, Paul Canning

Uganda’s Catholic Bishops have reversed their position and joined other religious leaders in demanding the revival of the notorious bill which allows for gays to be executed.

 

Update: Catholics Plan Bomb Attack On Gay Parade, Paul Canning

A gay pride parade in the Croatian city of Split, which Catholic nationalists in Croatia said they were planning to bomb, went off without trouble on Saturday. Authorities brought in 700 police and closed off much of the city and banned counter protests.

 

Catholic Hospital Denies Gay Man HIV MedicinePaul Canning

  • The complaint says that after admittance he met Dr. Susan V. Borga. She asked him how he had acquired HIV and “closed the plaintiff’s file, put it down and looked at plaintiff with disgust on her face and asked, coldly, ‘Is that from sex with men?’”
  • Ugandan Catholics Want “Kill the Gays” Bill Revived
  • Catholics Plan Bomb Attack On Gay Parade

Vatican criticizes US nun's book on sexuality, Associated Press

  • Farley said Monday (June 4) she never intended the book to reflect current official church teaching. Rather, she said, it explores sexuality via various religious traditions, theological resources and human experience.
  • What the Nuns’ Story is Really About
  • Sister Brigid McDonald calls Vatican's reprimand of U.S. nuns group a 'misuse of power'

Some MN priests differ with Catholic church over marriage amendment, Sasha Aslanian, Minnesota Public Radio

  • "Back then (during the Civil Rights era), nobody told me I had to support a civil rights plank or had to speak out for it. It was a matter of conscience," said Paul Mohrbacher. "I call for similar restraint today on the part of church leaders: people of faith can be opposed in good conscience to this amendment."
  • MN Star Tribune defends rejection of priests' anti-marriage-amendment letter
 

Pastors, Parents and People of Faith: Game Changers on Gun Violence

  • If you are a pastor, start today. Sign on, then send it to your friends who are pastors. 
  • If you are a parent, take up the mantle of protecting all of our children from a society of gun violence. Join the thousands of other parents who say enough is enough.
  • If you are a person of faith, remember our call to be voices for peace. Don't let extremist viewpoints speak for us. Take action now
  • Senator Klobuchar: Back the president on gun control
  • No Sanity Yet in the American Response to Gun Carnage
  • Pass the assault weapons ban -- Sign the petition.

Jim Wallis, Huffington Post

 

01/31/2013 Pastors, parents, and people of faith -- they can make the most difference in this country. We have seen it just this week on immigration reform. On Monday, in a breathtaking display of bipartisanship not seen for years in our dysfunctional capital city, Democratic and Republican senators unveiled their plan for fixing the horribly broken immigration system -- which their partisan irresponsibility caused. It was quite amazing, really. The very next day, President Barack Obama announced his commitment to and principles for comprehensive immigration reform amid a cheering crowd of young people in a Las Vegas high school gymnasium.

 

Political courage has suddenly replaced partisan roadblocks and official reticence to take on the controversial issue of immigration. What changed all this was, in my view: the courage of the young undocumented "DREAMers" who risked stepping out and speaking up; a change of heart among many law enforcement officials who find the present system untenable; business leaders who realize the economy now depends on immigrant labor; and, most dramatically, the faith community's conversion to what Jesus said about welcoming the stranger as we would welcome him, and treating immigrants among us -- who are the largest growing group in our faith communities -- as our brothers and sisters in Christ. It's been basic: Gospel and relationships -- but it has changed immigration politics. And as others, including those in the White House and the Congress, will tell you, evangelicals' entry into this debate has been the primary political game changer.

 

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Senator Klobuchar: Back the president on gun control, J. Woods Halley, MoveOn.org

We urge her to promptly take a public position supporting the president's initiatives to reduce gun violence in the United States.

 

No Sanity Yet in the American Response to Gun Carnage, Bob Herbst, Huffington Post

01/31/2013 | Forgive me for thinking that, after Newtown, the tide would shift on guns -- that a cry would go up throughout the land; that the verbal descriptions of 20 little bodies lying lifeless on their school house floor, rent through with three to 11 high-powered bullets each, would be sickening enough to bring even sportsmen and gun owners around to the notion that the right of little kids to life and security deserves to be weighed against the right to unrestricted gun ownership.

 

 

Pass the assault weapons ban -- Sign the petition. Michael Langenmayr, Democracy for America

  • The Senate needs to hear from you
  • Add your name right now.
  • Pastors, Parents and People of Faith: Game Changers on Gun Violence

 

 

 

Catholic Church Threatens To Fire British Gay Teachers Who Marry

  • The Catholic Church continues to demonstrate that it will employ any tactic — no matter how deplorable — to oppose same-sex marriage.
  • Pope Benedict Takes Anti-Gay Marriage To New Level In Christmas Speech
  • What Homophobes Are Afraid Of

Zack Ford, Think Progress

 

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Archbishop Vincent Nichols

 

Jan 28, 2013 | The Catholic Church continues to demonstrate that it will employ any tactic — no matter how deplorable — to oppose same-sex marriage. The Archbishop of Westminster, Vincent Nichols, has now said that any teachers in Britain’s Catholic Schools who have “a partnership of intimacy with another person, outside a form of marriage approved by the church…can be removed from office.”

 

PinkNews cited a statement a Church spokesman made to the UK’s Sunday Times:

 

"The expectation is that [school] leaders and those who aspire to leadership positions will make substantive life choices that are in conformity with the gospel and the teaching of the Catholic Church."

 

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Pope Benedict Takes Anti-Gay Marriage To New Level In Christmas Speech, Nicole Winfield, Associated Press / Huffington Post

"People dispute the idea that they have a nature, given to them by their bodily identity, that serves as a defining element of the human being," he said. "They deny their nature and decide that it is not something previously given to them, but that they make it for themselves."

 

What Homophobes Are Afraid Of, Rollie Williams, Upworthy

  • It's time we love people for who they are and let them love who they want.
  • Pope Benedict Takes Anti-Gay Marriage To New Level In Christmas Speech

 

 

Ex-Gay Therapist Blames Patients For Their Failure To ‘Pray Away The Gay’

“Today the consensus across a wide range of health and mental health providers is that such therapies are not effective and are not needed for people. ”said Clinton W. Anderson, PhD, associate director of the APA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Concerns Office.

 

Zack FordThink Progress

 

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Dr. Anthony Duk, Ex-gay therapist

 

Jan 28, 2013 | Anthony Duk is one of the practitioners of “ex-gay therapy” who is challenging California’s new law banning offering the treatment to minors. He spoke with American Medical News about the suit and explained that yes, his patients have been unsuccessful at changing their sexual orientation, but they’re to blame, not the “therapy”:

 

"With this bill, what’s really at stake is the definition of masculinity as well as the entire basis of civilization,” he said. “When men don’t act like men, you have a breakdown of traditional family roles and weakening of the entire human race.”

 

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Peace and Justice Events at St. Joan of Arc

Winter, 2013    

 

Julie Madden, St. Joan of Arc Church

 

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My friends, it's a bitter day outside but here at SJA we are all warmed up for a loud and proud 2013 in peace and justice ministries. I hope you were here for our MLK celebration this past Sunday, and assure 

you that there are countless ways to engage with this beloved community on your journey of faith in the coming weeks. And don't forget we enter into the season of Lent with our beautiful Ash Wednesday service (and soup supper) on February 13, so I hope I'll be seeing you often here at SJA.  

  

We are blessed by your presence and your willingness to share your prophetic leadership and joyful discipleship in so many ways. Please read on and, as always, if you have any questions or would like to follow up on anything in this list, just let me know (<jmadden@stjoan.com>, 612-823-8205, Extension 228). I've also highlighted a couple of upcoming Sunday speakers on topics of justice and peace that you shouldn't miss! 

 

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