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Monday
Jun112012

Democrats Retain Arizona's Gabby Giffords' Seat | American Nuns at Vatican | Catholic Bishops Defeated in ND

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Then-representative Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) with Ron Barber in Tucson, Jan. 23, 2012. (Matt York / AP Photos)Democrats held their Arizona House seat in the special election to replace former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords with a win much larger than expected. Ron Barber, one of 13 people injured in the Tucson gun shots rampage that also severely injured Giffords, won his seat in an Arizona district that leans Republican.

Barber beat 30-year-old Tea Party Republican and former Iraq-serving Marine Jesse Kelly, who also lost to Giffords in 2010. The two will face off again in November. The Daily Beast writes:

Kelly, who in his earlier race against Giffords sought to diminish Social Security and Medicare, was endorsed by the controversial ALIPAC, an immigration PAC associated in news reports with extremism. In his first campaign, Kelly played to gun lovers, posing in camouflage gear and raising money by shooting a machine gun with donors who ponied up $50 each.

In his second campaign, Kelly changed his image to family man and Republican businessman who would grow the economy and kill Obamacare. He posed in ads with his grandfather, vowing to preserve Social Security and Medicare.

Busy Bishops Update

LCWR President Sister Pat Farrell and executive director Janet Mock at the Vatican yesterday. Both sides in the discord between American nuns and the Vatican described yesterday’s talks in Rome as open and cordial. But the Vatican wasted no time in reiterating that it expects the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) to change its way to energetically promote church doctrine “as Faithfully taught through the ages”, reports the Los Angeles Times.

The Vatican charges that the LCWR has been “silent” on those issues that are most important to the church leadership: abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality and the ordination of women.

The LCWR has received an overwhelming demonstration of support from ordinary Catholics, theologians and many religious orders who praised the work of American nuns in helping the poor and sick and educating millions of youngsters.

Related reading:

Franciscan friars back American nuns in Vatican spat USA Today

Are Catholic bishops abandoning nonpartisanship in contraception battle? LA Times

Religious freedom measure soundly defeated Grand Forks Herald

Monday
Jun042012

Independent Voters Surge | Major Polarization on Safety Nets & Environment | Sister Margaret A. Farley Denounced

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A new report from Pew Research Center says that almost four in ten Americans — 38 percent — currently identify themselves as independents. This number is up significantly from the 32 percent of Americans who considered themselves independents in 2008.

32 percent of poll responders considered themselves Democrats and 24 percent say they are Republicans. As Pew reveals, partisan polarization has surged in the Bush, Obama years. Even among independents, there is polarization.

Two areas in which Republican support for government policies has plummeted is in support for safety nets and also environmental action.

Paycheck Fairness Act

The Senate is scheduled to vote tomorrow on passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act. The bill is doomed after the House voted not to consider it last week, and it’s expected to fail in the Senate. The bill would require companies to justify the wages they pay men and women, and show that differences in pay for the same work with similar tenure are not due to gender. 

The Hill reports that “Republicans and many business groups are opposed to the bill, in large part because it threatens penalties for different wage scales that might be legitimate and have nothing to do with the gender of the employee.”

Bad Sister Farley

An American nun who taught Christian ethics at Yale Divinity School, is a past president of the Catholic Theological Society of America and an award-winning scholar was denounced today by the Vatican’s doctrinal office.

At issue is Sister Margaret A. Farley’s book ‘Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics’, reports the NYTimes

I can only clarify that the book was not intended to be an expression of current official Catholic teaching, nor was it aimed specifically against this teaching. It is of a different genre altogether.”

The book, she said, offers “contemporary interpretations” of justice and fairness in human sexual relations, moving away from a “taboo morality” and drawing on “present-day scientific, philosophical, theological, and biblical resources.”

In 2011, the doctrine committee of the United Stated bishops condemned ‘Quest for the Living God: Mapping Frontiers in the Theology of God,’ by Fordham University professor of theology Sister Elizabeth A. Johnson.

In her book, Sister Farley wrote positively about female masturbation, saying that it “usually does not raise any moral questions at all.” Wrong!

Friday
May112012

US Catholic Bishops Investigate Girl Scouts As Local Parishes Rally Around Nuns | Obama Fundraising & Gay Marriage

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Writing for US News & World Report, Mary Kate Cary expresses a sentiment about the Catholic Church that is gaining major momentum. It seems that the Catholic bishops are everywhere, riding herd on American women like they haven’t done in decades.

I’m not a Catholic theologian or expert or activist of any kind. I’m just a mom who is getting increasingly uncomfortable with the Catholic Church in which my daughters are growing up. To me, the Vatican has become polarizing, extremist, and alienating. It seems like the true believers vs. the infidels. Now it’s the bishops vs. the nuns.

Cary writes that she has two nuns in her family and neither appears to be a “radical feminist”. She reminds us that just two years ago, the Vatican issued a directive on the most serious crimes one can commit: heresy, schism, pedophilia, and ordaining women.

Activist support for the Catholic sisters is growing. The National Catholic Reporter shares news from St. Andrew’s parish in Portland, Ore. Fr. Leo Remington moved from praying and praising the nuns to confrontational comments, written by a member of the congregation.

“Now in light of an often misguided and oppressive leadership in the church, we stand in solidarity with you and all women religious in the church. May you continue to ‘love tenderly, act justly and walk humbly with God.’” Both prayers were crafted by a parishioner, who asked to remain anonymous.

Christian Science Monitor reports that the Catholic bishops have now opened an “official inquiry” into Girl Scouts of America. The inquiry will be conducted by the bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life and Youth. 

Fashion & Flogging

Robin Hölzken | Hicham Riad | Elle Belgium Mai 2012 | Smart Sensuality Values Expressed AOC Private Studio

Again I apologized to Hicham for the delay in posting his editorial with commentary — which the images deserve.

Hello, Anne. No problem, there is no emergency for the pictures … the emergency lies in the activities you do that defend women … I saw the video of the flogging, I was shocked and above all I felt that I could not remain impassive in the face of this violence against women….

Photography with more sensuality, and repossession of women about their own bodies, their own lives…

Gay Marriage Money Boom?

In 2010, campaign contributions from gay and lesbian rights interests groups fell to a 16-year-low, with the trend continuing in the 2012 campaign cycle. In 2008, the gay and lesbian community contributed $1.8 million to Democrats, compared to $590,000 so far in 2012.

USA Today reports that 51% of Americans polled approve of President Obama’s stance on gay marriage versus 45% who disapprove. The poll reports 13% saying his new position will make them more likely to vote for him, compared to 26% who say they are less likely.

Related: Strong 8-Yr Drop in American Opposition to Gay Marriage AOC Sexual Politics