September 6, 2012 |
The nun's short speech got less attention than the rousing address by former President Bill Clinton, or the cutting remarks by Senate candidate Elizabeth Warren, but in her own way, Sister Simone Campbell said something remarkable at the Democratic National Convention. Campbell, one of the so-called Nuns on the Bus who have toured the country this summer, declared that nuns agreed with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops . The topic was their opposition to a Republican budget plan, and it offered a rare moment of agreement between these two forces in the Roman Catholic Church in the U.S. To appreciate Campbell's comments, a little background is in order.
June 15, 2012 |
Actress Yvette Wilson, the stand-up comedian and actress best known for her roles on the sitcom "Moesha" and its spinoff, "The Parkers," died Thursday at age 48 after a battle with cervical cancer. Wilson's friend Jeffrey Pittle, who organized a fund to help with her medical bills, confirmed her death to The Times. "She was a fighter to the end, and her talent, humor and amazing friendship will be sorely missed," he wrote on the fund's website. "She will live on through her awesome body of work.
June 14, 2012 |
Wednesday on "The Daily Show," Jon Stewart offered up some unique fundraising tips to President Obama. Following on the news Wednesday that billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, who previously bankrolled Newt Gingrich's campaign to the tune of $30 million, had shelled out another $10 million to Mitt Romney's "super PAC," Stewart suggested it was time to think big and move away from the small-donation model that fueled his 2008...
June 12, 2012 |
On Monday night, Stephen Colbert came to the defense of one of the most controversial activist groups in America: Catholic nuns. In recent months, the Vatican has made an effort to rein in religious women whose practices subvert or otherwise deviate from official church doctrine. The crackdown began back in April, when the Vatican issued a report criticizing the largest organization of nuns in the United States for promoting “radical...
June 8, 2012 |
First published on Dec. 25, 2011. Revised and expanded in early 2012. Pity the rubes. Those wayward tourists who dawdle in their cars and tour buses along Beachwood Drive, enraging the locals as they haltingly seek that perfect Hollywood sign photo op - they know not what they do. Maybe you're not from this neighborhood either, but you have savvier Hollywood plans. They involve horse trails, hidden hotels, a magic castle, a monastery - and that's just a start. Here are 10 Hollywood micro-itineraries suitable for visitors from across town or across the planet.
June 7, 2012
Re "Nuns reject Vatican criticism," June 2 Perhaps the sisters of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious judged that abortion and gay marriage were already getting a great deal of attention from American Catholic bishops, so they could concentrate on other issues that are also part of the church's social moral teaching, such as human trafficking, domestic abuse, capital punishment and access to healthcare. But they have also been listening to discussions about what the Vatican considers "radical feminist themes," the third rail in the Vatican's agenda.
June 4, 2012 |
An American nun's book on sex has put Catholics at risk of “grave harm,” the Catholic Church announced Monday. Why? She thought masturbating was OK, that being gay was OK and divorce was sometimes OK. This round of controversy actually started in 2006, when Sister Margaret Farley released “Just Love: A Framework for Christian Sexual Ethics.” Farley, a longtime theologian, has long kept company with controversy within the...
June 1, 2012 |
When the Vatican released a scathing report in April excoriating a group that represents the majority of Roman Catholic nuns in the United States for deviating from church doctrine, the group kept mum. The report included a slew of positive and negative comments about the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the group called out by the Vatican for promoting “radical feminist themes.” Still, the sisters were quiet. Until now. In a statement released Friday, the conference's board of directors said the doctrinal assessment released by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - the church's enforcer of orthodoxy - was “based on unsubstantiated accusations and the result of a flawed process that lacked transparency.” The board members met this week to discuss the assessment, which accused the conference of deviating from church doctrine, such as opposing male-only ordination.
May 17, 2012 |
Sister Simone Campbell doesn't wear a habit. A nun for more than 40 years and an attorney for 35, the executive director of a Roman Catholic social justice lobby called Network doesn't feel she should wear one. Her voice mail refers to her simply as "Simone," and she hasn't worn the long, gray dress habit since her early days as a nun. Such an approach doesn't sit well with some Catholics. "Love the traditional nun ... I really would like to see the habit back," Patricia Earp, a Catholic, said on Twitter.
May 5, 2012
Responding to letters to the editor on the dust-up between the Vatican and a group of American nuns, reader Joseph S. David of Brea wrote: "Is it liberal bias that The Times had one columnist and four letter writers castigate the Vatican for its recent call to liberal American nuns to reform, but no one to defend it? "In truth, defense is unnecessary for the offense that is the liberal nuns: flaunting of Roman Catholic doctrines, unfaithfulness to religious vows and a misinterpretation of Vatican II. They forget that when the church's Magisterium (its teaching office)