Stories I’ve Found, 11/22/2013

Interesting stories I’ve found:

An intriguing film documenting reconciliation by Zachary Roberts tells the story of the family of Amish Schoolhouse shooter Charles Roberts.  This is the continuation of a remarkable story that began almost immediately after the event.

A portrait of Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, the new president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The story of the marginalization of religious minorities in a countries not at war: Turkey, where Christian persecution has be happening under the radar for years, and  Burma, both Christian and Muslims are being persecuted.

Has American politics been monopolized by the upper middle class? This provocative review thinks so; the religious implications are challenging, since those below that status have no voice and we’re called to a preferential option for the poor (as Catholics at least).

Ross Douthat gives us an analysis of the Francis papacy that traverses the roots of Catholic conflict since Vatican II, and explores where things may be going.

Prudence or Cruelty?  A New York Times columnists asks which course cutting food stamps would be. I do agree with him on one thing in particular: when the government pays a New York columnist not to grow crops in an Oregon forest, the system’s in pretty bad shape.

A new Pew Research study uncovers some facts about what Americans believe about death, broken down by religious preference.

A documentary in process about a gay Muslim couple and the complications surveillance caused in their lives on Friday afternoon raises issues about the morality of profiling people just for going to mosques.

Ken Briggs talks about similarities between Catholic and Methodist positions on gay marriage, while showing the entirely different ways the positions were reached.

How do you read the past? The frescoes in the Catacombs of Priscilla raise questions about whether there were Christian women priests in antiquity (Catholicism as we know it didn’t exist then).  Decide for yourself after reading the article.

Marc Barnes, The Bad Catholic, makes an important distinction in his post: The Auschwitz Conflation.  Using pictures of dead fetuses to protest abortion isn’t the same as using pictures of Holocaust victims to convince the world the Holocaust happened.

What’s the significance of the United States moving its Vatican Embassy? John Allen gives us the background in his weekly column, as well as notes on the unfolding revolution of the Church and Pope Francis’ remedy for witchcraft.

Michael Jordan Laskey shares some thoughts from then Cardinal Bergoglio on why we should fast as well as pray.  The reasons are very simple yet compelling.

Finding Inspiration with the Ignatian Family: Billy Kangas shares his journey to The Ignatian Teach-In for Justice 2013, and his bullet points are marvelous. The three questions to ask oneself daily are challenging and ones I’m going to try to remember:1) With whom do you cast your lot? 2) From whom do you draw your strength? 3) Whose are you?

Leah Libresco critiques a problem with Disney storytelling, starting from a critique Calah Alexander expounded in Stereotypically Disney.  I’d generally agree with them on this one; there are many heroes in these stories that are succeeding because they’re the hero of the story, not because they develop virtues to overcome their difficulties.

Elizabeth Scalia gives a fine Catholic appreciation of Dr. Billy Graham’s ministry.  Her application of these values from the preacher is worthy of imitation.

A refreshing post by Libby Anne, an atheist blogger: I Am Not Anti-Theist.  I would be happy to have a neighbor like her, and work with her wherever we would find common ground.

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