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Pope Chooses A Moderate For Chicago Archbishop

posted on September 22, 2014

The Associated Press reports that Pope Francis has selected Chicago’s new archbishop, Blase Cupich. Unlike Chicago’s last archbishop, Cupich is firmly middle road; he is against conservative hostility towards gay rights advocates, but still opposes same-sex marriage. “Francis is not trying to balance a lurch to the right with a lurch to the left. He’s trying to build up the big middle so we can have conversations and not arguments,” church historian Christopher Bellitto said. Blase marks Francis’ first major American Catholic appointment.

Read at The Washington Post

In Texas Textbooks, Moses Is A Founding Father

posted on September 22, 2014

“[H]ow students learn history in the Lone Star State is back in the news,” scholar Edward Countryman reports at The Daily Beast. After the Texas State Board of Education commissioned Countryman and other Ph.D. scholars to study Texas history books, the group has come to the conclusion that Texas’ new textbook standards were assembled “without regard to either intellectual coherence or historical accuracy.” Countryman claims that the new textbooks deny “the students the chance to understand what is truly exceptional about the course of American history.”

Read at The Daily Beast

New Urbanism Of The Soul

posted on September 22, 2014

The American Conservative‘s Rod Dreher discusses the connection between “built environments” and profoundly traditionalist communities. “Urbanism is about human flourishing, and human flourishing requires virtues, which are character dispositions that lead toward certain goods. People aren’t passive receivers of urbanism,” Philip Bess, author and New Urbanism advocate, said. Bess believes that the future of New Urbanism will depend on biblical religion and worship to rebuild communities.

Read at The American Conservative

Not Everyone Loves A Political Nun

posted on September 22, 2014

The Atlantic’s Emma Green reports, “Women religious are caught between what they see as a call to serve their vocation and condemnation from the religious authority they follow.” The Vatican censured the National “Nuns on the Bus” tour, run by the Catholic lobby group NETWORK, in 2012 for “sisters collectively take a position not in agreement with the Church’s teaching on human sexuality.” However, the nuns remain popular with the American public, including Vice President Joe Biden, at the onset of their third tour to push voter registration and encourage election participation.

Read at The Atlantic

Which Catholics Offer Birth Control? Look To The Insurers

posted on September 22, 2014

The NPR staff interviews Julie Rovner of Kaiser Health News, a partner of NPR. While Catholic employers might have problems with covering contraceptives, Catholic insurance companies have been quietly arranging coverage for years. Rovner explains the contradiction between the Catholic stance on the Affordable Care Act and what was “kind of going on under the radar” with insurers.

Read at NPR

ISIS Video Uses British Hostage, John Cantlie, as Spokesman

posted on September 18, 2014

The New York Times’ Rick Gladstone reports that ISIS has released another video, using a British hostage, journalist John Cantlie, to condemn Western countries for heading into another war. The video was released as support was building Washington for military intervention against the terrorist organization. ISIS has released three videos in the last month showing the beheading of British and American journalists and aid workers.

Read at The New York Times

“13 Days In September” Examines 1978 Camp David Accords

posted on September 16, 2014

NPR’s Audie Cornish talks to Lawrence Wright about his new book, Thirteen Days in September: Carter, Begin and Sadat at Camp David. Wright also discusses the role that faith played in the negotiations. “These were three very religious men and they had come together to solve a problem that religion itself had largely caused,” Wright says. “There wouldn’t have been a Camp David if Jimmy Carter didn’t believe that God had placed him in office, in part, to bring peace to the Holy Land.”

Read at NPR

Religious Groups To Demand Action On Environment At People’s Climate March

posted on September 16, 2014

The Huffington Post’s Antonia Blumberg reports, “A coalition of more than 1,000 organizations will take to the streets in New York City on Sunday, September 21, for the People’s Climate March to demand action at the United Nations Climate Summit taking place the following day.” Along with the march, faith leaders will participate in a three-day conference addressing environmental activism. “Faith hold us accountable and helps us connect the dots between seemingly disparate issues into an integrated understanding of suffering and what it means to build a just and sustainable world,” said Claire Curran of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light.

Read at The Huffington Post

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