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Catholic Church '200 years behind,' Cardinal says before death

  • Martini was known for his progressive position on some of the Church's most controversial issues, including priestly celibacy, the use of condoms, euthanasia and homosexuality.
  • First bishop found guilty in sex abuse crisis
  • Franciscan friars back American nuns in Vatican spat

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Italian cardinal Carlo Maria Martini's body was lying in state at the cathedral in Milan, Italy, on September 1, 2012.

(September 1, 2012) In an interview published a day after his death, a prominent progressive Catholic cardinal left the best summary of his contribution to debates within the Church.

"The Church has remained 200 years behind the times. Why has it not been shaken up?" Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini said in an interview published in Saturday's Corriere dell Sera newspaper. "Are we scared? Fear instead of courage? However, faith is the fundamental to the church."

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First bishop found guilty in sex abuse crisis, Joshua J. McElwee, National Catholic Reporter

  • Jackson County, Mo., Circuit Court Judge John Torrence gave Finn a two-year suspended sentence of probation with nine conditions, including mandating direct reporting of future suspicions of child abuse to prosecutors.
  • Kansas City cases cost diocese $1.39 million in legal fees
  • Catholic bishop says church's credibility on sexual abuse is 'shredded'

Franciscan friars back American nuns in Vatican spat, Daniel Burke, Religion News Service
The brothers have come to the sisters’ defense.

 

Franciscan friars back American nuns in Vatican spat

The brothers have come to the sisters’ defense.

Daniel Burke, Religion News Service

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(June 7, 2012) Leaders from the seven Franciscan provinces in the U.S. <http://content.usatoday.com/topics/topic/U.S>publicly backed a group of American nuns on Thursday, calling a Vatican crackdown on the women "excessive."

The Franciscan friars are believed to be the first Catholic religious order to voice support for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) since the Vatican announced a full-scale makeover of the group in April.

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Nuns to Vatican: No compromise on mission integrity, Cathy Lynn Grossman, USA Today
The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, rebuked by the Vatican, now say they will work with the bishops but won't compromise their mission.

 

Nuns, Faith & Politics

  • On a road trip of faith and politics, American nuns spread the word: Paul Ryan’s budget would hurt those already struggling to make ends meet.
  • Don’t Mess With the Nuns

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(August 24, 2012) Weeks before Republican Paul Ryan was selected to run for vice president, Sister Simone Campbell -- who heads NETWORK, a Catholic policy and lobbying group -- rolled across the heartland with fellow nuns on a bus trip designed to increase public concern over what the so-called “Ryan budget” would mean for social services in America.

But other Catholics say Sister Simone and the nuns have crossed a line. Robert Royal, editor in chief of The Catholic Thing and founder of the Faith & Reason Institute, believes that issues of economic inequality are being oversimplified, and that the focus should be on creating a more dynamic economy for all.

In this episode, watch our field report from producers who rode along on the ‘Nuns on the Bus’ tour, then join a passionate discussion about faith and economics with Sister Simone and Royal.

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Don’t Mess With the Nuns, Progress Report, Think Progress

  • The same group of nuns who recently toured the country to denounce the Romney-Ryan budget’s deep cuts to programs for those most in need is now calling out Romney.
  • Sisters Speak Out
  • Faith leaders: 'Bachmann's fear-mongering hurts our country'
     

For All the Children

Talk to your family and friends and vote NO in November in Minnesota.

Catholics for Marriage Equality - MN

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On April 28, 2012, more than 300 people of faith gathered at Calvary Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. Sponsored by Catholics for Marriage Equality, the purpose was to create a music video of my hymn, "For All the Children." The video will be used during the current campaign to defeat the proposed constitutional amendment which would make marriage equality forever illegal in the state of Minnesota.  Independent filmmaker Matt Peiken, who is working on a full-length documentary about the faith-related efforts in the campaign, was there to capture behind-the-scenes footage.  The final music video will be released in late summer.

Catholics and friends gathered to sing their hearts out in support of LGBTQ young people. Lay Catholic Christians are standing up and singing out to spread the good news of Christ's love.

Share this music video. You can help tremendously to spread it's powerful message by posting your passionate invitation via Facebook, Twitter, e-mail, all your favorite social media sites.

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American Nuns Reject Takeover But Seek Dialogue On Difference

  • Sister Pat Farrell, the outgoing president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR), added, that the sisters will reconsider their options if the LCWR "is forced to compromise the integrity of its mission." That indicated that if the Vatican does not relent on at least some of its plans to revamp the organization, the sisters could make good on the threat to disband the LCWR and reorganize it as an independent body beyond the reach of the Vatican.
  • Don’t Mess With the Nuns

David Gibson, Religion News Service / Huffington Post

(August 11, 2012) American nuns facing a Vatican takeover of their leadership organization on Friday (Aug. 10) rejected Rome's plans to recast the group in a more conservative mold, but declined -- for now -- to respond with an ultimatum that could have created an unprecedented schism between the sisters and the hierarchy.

Instead, the nuns said they wanted to pursue a negotiated solution to the showdown that has galvanized American Catholics in recent months and prompted an outpouring of support for the sisters that left the Vatican with a black eye.

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Don’t Mess With the Nuns, Progress Report, Think Progress

  • The same group of nuns who recently toured the country to denounce the Romney-Ryan budget’s deep cuts to programs for those most in need is now calling out Romney.
  • Sisters Speak Out
  • Faith leaders: 'Bachmann's fear-mongering hurts our country'
     

Don’t Mess With the Nuns

  • The same group of nuns who recently toured the country to denounce the Romney-Ryan budget’s deep cuts to programs for those most in need is now calling out Romney.
  • Sisters Speak Out
  • Faith leaders: 'Bachmann's fear-mongering hurts our country'

Progress Report, Think Progress

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(August 8, 2012) For the past two days Mitt Romney and his campaign have busied themselves with their latest false attack against the president — the allegation that President Obama “gutted” the 1996 welfare reform by giving states additional flexibility in how they run their programs. In Romney’s telling, welfare recipients now can just sit back and collect checks forever without even having to try and find a job. This charge is of course completely false, hypocritical (Romney himself asked for even greater flexibility back in 2005), and full of racial overtones.

President Clinton slammed Romney, calling the attack “disappointing” and “not true.” Fact checkers gave it four pinocchios and said it was a “pants on fire” lie. Reporters called it “mind-boggling” and “a huge and shameless deception,” among many other things.

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Faith leaders: 'Bachmann's fear-mongering hurts our country' Owais BayunusIslamic Center of Minnesota Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

  • As interfaith leaders, we are appalled by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's discriminatory and unsubstantiated accusations about Muslims.
  • Michele Bachmann's damaging innuendo

 

Faith leaders: 'Bachmann's fear-mongering hurts our country'

  • As interfaith leaders, we are appalled by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's discriminatory and unsubstantiated accusations about Muslims.
  • Michele Bachmann's damaging innuendo

Owais Bayunus,  Islamic Center of Minnesota, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

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(August 5, 2012) Minnesota is known for its strong track record of interfaith work. Our interfaith alliances run deep and encompass a wide network of Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu and Baha'i groups. We are proud of the trust and goodwill that our synergistic efforts have engendered over the years.

As interfaith leaders, we are appalled by U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann's discriminatory and unsubstantiated accusations. We strongly repudiate her past and current efforts to malign by association honorable American Muslims and respectable Muslim organizations that are serving our nation with great distinction. We deplore her finger-pointing and name-calling against the American Muslim community.

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Michele Bachmann's damaging innuendo, Eric Schwartz, Minneapolis (MN) Star Tribune

  • If the casual use of public innuendo is not challenged at every turn, we will undermine our national security.
  • Michele Bachmann, have you no shame?
  • Remove Rep. Bachmann from the Intelligence Committee!
  • Beware of Radical Islam
     

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