By Anne Flaherty The Associated Press Tues., July 3, 2018 WASHINGTON—President Donald Trump has interviewed four prospective Supreme Court justices so far. Who are they? Amul Thapar Thapar, 49, is a federal appeals court judge from Kentucky who is close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. He was Trump’s first judicial nomination to a district or appeals court, and on Trump’s short list to replace Scalia last year, losing out to Gorsuch. In one of his more interesting court cases, Thapar in 2014 as a district court judge in Kentucky sentenced an elderly nun to almost three years in prison for breaking into a U.S. storehouse for bomb-grade uranium and splashing blood on the walls of the bunker. She argued she was acting as a follower of Jesus Christ; Thapar said that provided no excuse for breaching the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn. (An appeals court later threw out the sabotage charge, leaving the lesser charge of … [Read more...] about Who are the U.S. Supreme Court candidates who have met with Donald Trump?
Catholic u bookstore
By Daniel Blue Tyx The Washington Post Mon., July 2, 2018 Some of the United States’ most prominent Catholic bishops will make a dramatic pastoral visit Monday, when they will minister at a detention centre on the U.S.-Texas border to migrant children separated from their parents. The unusual high-profile visit by the top spiritual leaders aims to draw attention to unresolved questions around immigration and around the treatment of migrants. Yet there will be no cameras when the clerics pray with the separated children, no audiotapes. That’s because the bishops, who arrived for the two-day fact-finding mission Sunday, are walking a fine line among their divided flock on the topic of immigration. American Catholics, like Americans overall, are divided about immigration policy. And 2018 is a time when Americans’ deference to institutional leaders of any stripe is already thin. Which means bishops of the Roman Catholic Church who want to affect policy … [Read more...] about Prominent U.S. Catholic bishops to minister at child border detention centres
caption Lena Waithe arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala (Met Gala) to celebrate the opening of “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination” in the Manhattan borough of New York, U.S., May 7, 2018. source Reuters Lena Waithe – an actor, producer, and the first black woman to win an Emmy for writing in a comedy series – wore a rainbow cape to the 2018 Met Gala. Along with Rihanna’s papal ensemble, Waithe’s outfit arguably created the most buzz at the event. Waithe – the only celebrity to wear an outfit with a political statement – broke tradition at the religious-themed event. According to Waithe, she wanted to show support for the LGBT community and highlight the Catholic church’s fraught relationship with it. On Monday, the Metropolitan Museum’s Costume Institute hosted its annual … [Read more...] about Lena Waithe’s rainbow outfit at the Catholic Church-themed Met Gala sent a powerful message
By MARC TRACY The New York Times Fri., March 30, 2018 SAN ANTONIO—Long before a 98-year-old nun became the biggest star of the 2018 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, Immaculata, a small Catholic college outside Philadelphia, won the first three de facto national women’s basketball championships. The Mighty Macs’ titles in the early 1970s, Bill Russell’s breakout success at the University of San Francisco in the 1950s and the presence of Villanova and Loyola-Chicago at this weekend’s Final Four are just three data points among many that prove an undeniable fact: In college basketball, Catholic schools have long punched well above their weight. The reasons stretch back a century — and, some would argue, to the New Testament itself. “It is a real thing,” said Julie E. Byrne, a professor of religion at Hofstra University who studies American Catholicism. As the Final Four coincides with Easter weekend, this phenomenon … [Read more...] about Loyola-Chicago, Villanova add to the Catholic college basketball phenomenon
VATICAN CITY—The Vatican on Wednesday took over a Peru-based Catholic movement whose founder was accused of sexually, physically and psychologically abusing his members, just days before Pope Francis starts a trip to Chile and Peru where the church’s sexual abuse scandal is expected to play out.A Vatican statement said the congregation for religious orders had issued a decree naming a commissioner to take over the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae, a conservative movement that has some 20,000 members and chapters throughout South America and the U.S.The move came just weeks after Peruvian prosecutors announced they were seeking the arrest of Sodalitium’s founder, Luis Figari, who an independent investigation concluded was a paranoid narcissist obsessed with sex and watching his underlings endure pain and humiliation. Read more: Pope on Epiphany advises resisting pursuit of power, money, career … [Read more...] about Ahead of Pope Francis visit, Vatican takes over Peru Catholic movement whose founder was accused of abuse