California, here I come …

February 22, 2017 Just a quick heads up: I’ll be in Anaheim this weekend for the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress. For the first time, CNEWA will have a booth in the exhibition hall—and one of the people at the booth will be me.  It’s my first visit to this event. If you find yourself near Booth #780, Read More…

Muslim-Americans raise $20,000 to repair desecrated Jewish cemetery

February 21, 2017 The best news of the day: Two Muslim-Americans activists launched a crowdfunding campaign Tuesday to raise money to repair a historic Jewish cemetery in St. Louis that was vandalized over the weekend. Within two hours, the fundraising campaign started by Linda Sarsour and Tarek El-Messidi had already surpassed its goal of $20,000. “Through this campaign, Read More…

Meet the 97-year-old nun who is chaplain to Loyola’s basketball team

February 21, 2017 Loyola University profiled her last year on her 96th birthday (check out the video here), but she’s still going strong at 97. This is pretty great: Picture this: A 97-year-old woman, maybe 5 feet tall, is part of a huddle with Division I men’s basketball players. She’s wearing a Loyola University Chicago sweatshirt and a Read More…

Bishop reveals he was a victim of clergy sex abuse

February 21, 2017 This is highly unusual—first, because the victim is a bishop; and secondly, because he says he suffered the abuse as an adult. Details, from Australia:  The Catholic bishop of Parramatta has gone public for the first time about the sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of clergy. Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen talked about the Read More…

Norma McCorvey, a.k.a. ‘Jane Roe,’ dies at 69—UPDATED

February 18, 2017 From The Washington Post:  Norma McCorvey, who was 22, unwed, mired in addiction and poverty, and desperate for a way out of an unwanted pregnancy when she became Jane Roe, the pseudonymous plaintiff of the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade that established a constitutional right to an abortion, died Feb. 18 Read More…
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