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O, death, where is thy ecological concern?  

Should Catholics be more concerned about environmentally friendly funerals? Read this month's Sounding Board, and give us your feedback.

August 2011
August 2011 

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Weekly Bulletin
August 9, 2011

No more nukes!        


No more nukes This past weekend marked an important--and terrible--day in human history: the dropping of an atom bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945. Today is the anniversary of nuclear attack against Nagasaki. More than 100,000 people were killed on the two days, and as many as 150,000 are estimated to have died by December of that year, due to the fatal effects of radiation.


It's hard to imagine Jesus, the giver of life, condoning the use or stockpiling of these harbingers of death. And while the U.S. bishops in their 1983 pastoral, The Challenge of Peace, allowed for a "strictly conditioned moral acceptance of nuclear weapons as a temporary deterrent to aggression," nearly 30 years later Catholics across the globe, including the late Bishop Leroy Matthiesen writing in U.S. Catholic, are calling for a complete rejection of nuclear weapons. Even the U.S. Air Force has abandoned the biblical justifications for their use, formerly a part of its nuclear weapons training.   


What do you think? Weigh in with your opinion in the comments on any of our stories about nuclear weapons.


This week on     

Culture: Let's drop the bomb         

There's no time like the present to abandon the greatest threat to our future, says the late Bishop Leroy Matthiesen in Sounding Board. Catholics and their bishops should lobby for total disarmament, lest our nuclear nightmare become reality. 


Life: Veggie tales     

Much like Merton and de Mello, peas, carrots, and beans make great spiritual masters, writes Bryan Cones.


Church: Right before your very eyes       

Beauty is in the eye, and the face, of the believer, writes Alice Camille in her meditation on the Transfiguration. blogs


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The Examined Life: Can we stop making stuff up about the new translations?   
Catholic News Service has begun a series on the new Mass translations coming November 27 to a parish near you. Today's story offers a bit of wishful thinking on how terms like "consubstantial" (in the creed) will be received by the under-20 set.


The Examined Life: USCCB report on the debt deal: Bad for the poor

John Carr of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development has little good to say and a lot of bad news on this week's debt deal in a report released Wednesday.


Margin Notes: Ohio bishop discourages support for Komen Foundation  

Bishop Leonard Blair of Toledo, Ohio issued a statement last month discouraging parishes and parochial schools from raising money for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, expressing concern that the foundation could one day fund embryonic stem cell research.        

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The week in Catholic news


Teens likely to adapt quickly to new missal, catechists say

Church-run schools need public financial support, Vatican envoy says

Ireland wants religious orders to transfer land to pay abuse victims 


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Music: The King of In Between         

Garland Jeffreys (Luna Park Records, 2011)