Catholics differ at “war on poverty” hearing

WASHINGTON (RNS) At a House Budget committee hearing on Wednesday (July 31), the two prominent Catholics — Rep. Paul Ryan, R. Wis., and Sister Simone Campbell — had a chance to square off as the sister testified before Ryan’s committee about hardship in America as the nation nears the 50th anniversary of President Johnson’s 1964 declaration of the “War on Poverty.”

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Dolan Disses the Papacy

On yesterday’s Today show, Genialissimo Cardinal Timothy Dolan did everything in his power to persuade Matt Lauer that Pope Francis’ airborne comments on gays were nothing new under the Catholic sun. In the process, he asserted that the pope has no power to make church law. Say what?

The Feminist Mormon Girls Camp logo. What it says to me is that camp is fun! And that Mormonism is a very big tent.

Feminist Mormon Girls Camp!

I’ve spent the last two days attending the world’s first-ever Feminist Mormon Girls Camp, a new safehouse for women, men, and children who dream of a better future.

Paddlers make their way down the Hudson River on Sunday (July 28).  Over 200 Native and non-Native paddlers launch onto the Hudson River to travel from Albany, NY to the United Nations in New York City to honor and renew the Two Row Wampum treaty agreed upon in 1613. RNS photo by Brett Carlsen

Anniversary recalls water as sacred source of life

(RNS) European settlers once promised N.Y.’s Iroquois people they would respect the the laws of nature and the state’s waterways. On the 400th anniversary of that agreement, known as the Two Row Wampum, New Yorkers are recommitting themselves to better stewardship of a sacred treasure — water.

Quote of the Day: Rod Dreher, senior editor at The American Conservative

“I hope I’m wrong, but I have a feeling that Church liberals who cited “the spirit of Vatican II” as license to throw off all theological, moral, and ecclesial discipline, are going to come roaring back under this papacy,”
— Rod Dreher, senior editor at The American Conservative, in a post about Pope Francis’ comments on gays.

The Rev. Paolo Dall'Oglio, a prominent Italian Jesuit who is an outspoken supporter of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has gone missing in Syria on Monday (July 29), fueling speculations that he has been kidnapped by an Islamist group. Photo courtesy Paolo Dall'Oglio's Facebook page

Jesuit priest likely kidnapped in Syria

(RNS) The Rev. Paolo Dall’Oglio, 58, lived for three decades in Syria, where he established an ecumenical community at Mar Musa on the site of an early Christian monastery, engaging in interfaith dialogue with Muslims and forging close ties with the local population.