Stories I’ve Found, 11/8/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found:

Something for the moral radar today: Re-homing, an informal practice of passing children through power of attorney from one adult to another. It circumvents the adoption system, has no oversight, and is another means of human trafficking. The potential for abuse is unlimited.

What is Pro-Life? Texan Wendy Davis claims her definition of the term, receives criticism from both sides, and expands the debate.

La Stampa gives us a piece on how Pope Benedict XVI was unknown in his time, and how others were more “Ratzingerian” than him.  Another story tells of Pope Francis and the possibility of women cardinals.  I like the idea that: “. . .Francis wants to de-clericalize priests, not clericalize the laity and women.”

Fr. Thomas Reese shares some thoughts for the upcoming meeting of U.S. Catholic Bishops based on Pope Francis’ challenge to the Bishops of Brazil last summer.

Susan Katz Miller unpacks 7 Myths About Raising Interfaith Kids.

The new Faith and Reason blog at Religion News Service unrolls a great question: Does kid-centric programming in churches or synagogues lead to faithful adult followers?  I’ll let you guess the answer, and the strategy that can help children transition to faithful adults.

Leah Libresco explores the reason for penance. Her thoughts are very apt.

Two stories from the Holy Land. The first is a story few will believe: A Group of Muslims Restores the Basilica of Gethsemane.  An excellent story of interfaith cooperation and enterprise. The second is one that is generally unreported but happens far too often, where a house belonging to the Latin Patriarchate is torn down by Israeli officials. Bulldozers do this kind of work far too often in that country, supplementing legal discrimination and if this had happened here, there would be an outcry as well as a lawsuit.

Some provocative exegesis on Leah, Jacob’s unloved first wife.  The story of one making a difficult journey from disappointment to gratitude is very intriguing and inspiring.

Lest we forget: stories of the last surviving victims of the Holocaust.  Soon this generation will be gone, and their experiences shouldn’t be.

The life and work of a “secular saint”: Albert Camus.  Sr. Helen Prejean said of him: “He taught us that Christians should get away from abstractions and confront the blood stained face of history—that we should speak out clearly.” This Jason Berry article is eye opening.

National Catholic Reporter offers us this editorial: Questioning Our Assent to Militarism.  Its points are well made, and I’m struck by the observation that our bishops have kept silent recently on the justice of American militarism. The conversation should take place, at least.

Pope John Paul II’s personal secretary shares his story about one that pope’s greatest mistakes: his embrace of the Legionary founder, Marcial Maciel, who was later ordered to a life of penance and prayer for his crimes.  It’s an illustration of how information doesn’t flow through the Vatican at times.

A proponent of Christian male dominated families has stepped down from his ministry when he admitted to an extramarital affair.  One of the greatest temptations of amassing power is using it wrongly for personal benefit.

A post on how fear of the collapse of civilization can tell us more about ourselves.

Fr. Dwight Longenecker brings up some great parallels in Brothers In Arms—Bishop Fellay and Bob Jones.

A delightful meditation on various birds mentioned in the Bible.

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