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I’m stunned,” said Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby founded by sisters. Her group was also cited in the Vatican document, along with the Leadership Conference, for focusing its work too much on poverty and economic injustice, while keeping “silent” on abortion and same-sex marriage.

http://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/04/19/us/vatican-reprimands-us-nuns-group.xml

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Thoughtful essay by Eldan about Passover.

The Passover Story: What about the Canaanites? » No measure of health

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Greek life sounds like the worst thing ever. The Ivy League sounds like Lord of the Flies.

Confessions of an Ivy League Frat Boy: Inside Dartmouth’s Hazing Abuses | Culture News | Rolling Stone

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The Minnesota archdiocese is sending people into the Minnesota Catholic schools and saying things like this: Bliss told Tevlin that when someone in the audience stated that two men, for example, were perfectly capable of enjoying a loving, committed, stable relationship, the diocesan couple onstage equated that loving same-sex relationship with bestiality. Hannah was shocked by these comments, and she was equally shocked to hear one of the presenters characterize adopted children as “sociologically unstable.” I wonder if they’ll start denying communion to adopted kids now, too.

Minnesota Catholic High Schoolers Not Happy With Mandatory Marriage Discrimination Lecture

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This is a nice meditation on the “Christ” in “Christian”.

Christianity in Crisis – Andrew Sullivan

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Public Schools Good for People Without Kids, Too – Miller-McCune

Via Eldan

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After I have said all this, I am sure you are still ready to respond, in effect, “Yes, yes–but it still remains our right and our responsibility to decide what books our children are going to be made to read in our community.” This is surely so. But it is also true that if you exercise that right and fulfill that responsibility in an ignorant, harsh, un-American manner, then people are entitled to call you bad citizens and fools. Even your own children are entitled to call you that.

Kurt Vonnegut – Letters of Note

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Why the world needs introverts