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from John Chuchman

  I’m Grieving, You’re Grieving, We’re Grieving!   Fifty years ago at Vatican II   the world’s Bishops gave Our Church Hope.   They reaffirmed Freedom/Primacy of Conscience.Today’s hierarchy says it must conform to their pronouncements.We grieve. A church governed in loving Collegiality was promised;We’ve been dealt a Feudal Monarchy.We grieve. The Sharing of Power with local Synods of Bishops Representing the Peoplewas foretold.Power, instead, has been consolidated in the chief hierarch.We grieve. Lay Leadership of and in the Church was...
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more cartoons from John Chuchman

Catholic Babies Yes, the church’s healthcare plan covers Viagra;and not contraception;how else can we fill our Catholic Schools? Santorum Sanctorum   Now we gotta show we voted for Sanctorum   http://godlaughingorcrying.blogspot.ca/...
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Making the Connections

  A sense of the larger picture is growing among US citizens, notably, though not only, among a young generation, along with a revulsion against official and corporate contempt for the will and welfare of ordinary citizens, for the value of human life itself. The antiwar movement of this century is a movement to reclaim democracy and to push it further. It has no token national leaders; it is various in its formations and organizing principles, often originating and working locally, yet in touch with other groups. It is connected through free giveaway papers like the San Francisco-based,...
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TV review: Catholics – ‘Priests’

‘Gorgeously shot’, as one critic put it, the first of Richard Alwyn’s BBC Four documentaries on modern British Catholicism focused on life in Allen Hall, the diocesan seminary in central London. The film evoked well the mystical, or magical, aura of impending priesthood, set off all the more powerfully by the seminarians’ obvious humanity and foibles. Mainstream Catholic responses to the film so far have been positive. One can imagine that vocations directors will use this documentary as a resource for several years to come. Moreover, even for viewers outside Catholicism, the...
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The other Berrigans

  While fans of John Cusack have been hoping to catch a glimpse of him in Syracuse, the actor revealed he was excited to see Central New York activist Jerry Berrigan and his wife Carol while in town The popular actor plays a professor in “Adult World,” an independent movie currently filming in the Syracuse area. Cusack’s character is a fictional ’90s poet named Rat Billings who mentors Amy Anderson (played by Emma Roberts), a recent college graduate who reluctantly takes a job at an erotic bookstore. Though he often plays a sensitive, alternative hero in his movies, Cusack...
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