“Another world is possible”

That’s the theme-a vision statement, really-of the World Social Forum, the series of encounters of popular movements and civil society organizations launched in Porto Alegre, Brazil, more than a decade ago. If we don’t like the way things are, we can make change happen. Another forum gets underway today. This WSF (with the theme “capitalist crisis-social and environmental justice”) is focused on climate change. For Brazilian groups, it’s a step on the way to the United Nations “Rio+20” sustainable development conference (and parallel civil society events) in...
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Pink Smoke Over the Vatican is here!

  An engaging, touching, and surprisingly humorous exposé of one answer to a serious question: Where is the voice of women in the Roman Catholic Church?”                                                                                                LamorindaPatch Pink Smoke Over the Vatican is here!Finally, finally finally! Thank you for your patience,...
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Explains much

An edited and reformatted version of an article byDavid DeCossePublished in the National Catholic Reportershared with permission.   Catholic hierarchy emphasizes obedience, law, and hierarchical authorityand thus departs from the Catholic tradition’s close linkage of conscience, practical reason, and freedom. With this departure, bishops needlessly lapse into using a sectarian model of the Catholic conscience ill-suited to the Church’s mission in a democratic pluralist society like the United States. When the bishops defend conscience, they are defending the idea that within human...
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Book Review: Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter by Carmen Aguirre (Vancouver, Douglas & McIntyre, 2011)

As an armchair supporter of social justice who always feels guilty about the comforts in my life, I found Something Fierce to be a gut-wrenching, rivetting narrative of the childhood and early adulthood of a truly dedicated crusader for justice.Carmen Aguirre’s family fled Chile when Allende was ousted by the US-backed dictator Pinochet; they moved to Vancouver when she was four years old, but her mother continued to be involved in the Chilean resistance movement while her father worked as a university professor. “Mami” was so dedicated that she took her young daughters and her new...
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from John Chuchman

To Obey The word Obediencecomes from the root audireto hear. Obedience,in its essence,is Listening followed by Acting Freely(not simply doing what another tells me). Jesus,time and again,is quoted ascalling us to Listen. It seems there are a number of areasin my lifeto which I must be tuned in. I try to listen tothe wild word of Godas presented in Scripture,hoping it warms my heartand pierces itwith Love. I try to listen toChurch,as defined in Vatican IIas We, the Body of Christ,men and women of all denominations and faithswhose judgment I respect. I try to listen toUnbelievers,who speak their...
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