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Last week, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released a report called “The Causes and Context of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests in the United States, 1950-2010” (.pdf), a companion to their 2004 report, “The Nature and Scope of the Problem of Sexual Abuse of Minors by Catholic Priests and Deacons in the United States, 1950-2002“. Both reports were compiled by the research team at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice of the City University of New York at...
...Such focus and practice is necessary not only in the classroom context, but also in “the real world”. The ability to imagine a hypothetical audience is a skill and tool that can be utilized in many ways, and is one that, ideally, students will also use in relevant non-academic contexts.
In other words, because our skeptical activism (of whatever sort) is driven by intrinsic motivation, burnout is all-but- inevitable. And that’s okay. It doesn’t mean that we need to give up for good. Rather, burnout, in this context, is often just a reminder that, somewhere in the midst of all of our hard work and activism, we inadvertently lost track of our idealism....
Yet I cannot deny that the Committee has done something vitally and crucially important. They’ve bravely shone a light on truths that the Church works so hard to hide. And there is great value in that. To one degree or another, it will raise awareness of the staggering magnitude and horrific nature of this epidemic. And maybe, just maybe, it will bring the Church one step closer to their day of reckoning, the day when they will finally be held to account, the day when they will have to pay...
...Intentional obscurantism is always annoying and intellectually dishonest, but it's especially troubling when authors use it in an attempt to make their particular form of religious belief immune to criticism. How convenient that their God is unknowable and cannot be put into words!
Governmentally funded school voucher programs have the potential to negatively affect every community that relies on public schools to educate its children.
The Church's secrets must be brought to light so that the Church and its officials can be held fully responsible for their misdeeds. The Church's dishonesty and secrecy must not be allowed to proceed unchecked. The First Amendment does not protect their criminal acts. Let's train the bright light of the public eye on the darkest secrets of the Church. It's long past due.
Bill Donohue, president of The Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights (better known as the Catholic League) displays an almost unbelievable level of paranoia and a staggering persecution complex, and decries any questioning or criticism of the Church, however subtle or mild, as anti-Catholic bigotry.
...For the victims' sake and out of respect for the Constitution, the Court must deny the diocese's request. Then and only then will they have to reveal their misdeeds and take responsibility for their actions. It's sad and frustrating that nothing short of a rejection by the Supreme Court will end the diocese's secrecy, but if that's what it takes to make them reveal their dark secrets, so be it.
...It is never acceptable, though, to let religious groups and lobbies throw their might around in this manner, especially when the reproductive rights of women are at stake.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport, Connecticut, has exhausted all of its legal options in its seven-year fight to prevent the release of over 12,600 legal and judicial documents that include details of the sexual abuse lawsuits filed against six of the diocese's priests in the mid-1990s.
Like most of Donohue's hissyfits, this is a complete non-issue. The Empire State Building, a privately-owned company, is under no obligation to grant Donohue's request...
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The first impression one gets from listening to Sylvia Plath read her poetry is that she possessed the most haunting of voices. Her voice echoes throughout whatever chamber it is played in, filling the space and bouncing off...
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Want One (Dreamworks), his third release, is both exhilarating and sad, nostalgic and very much ahead of its time.
While Richman retains his playful innocence, he deals with some serious issues (aging, regret and politics) for the first time here. This, arguably, is his first truly adult record.
C'mon Miracle is the work of a deft and maturing singer-songwriter. It's perfect for those reflective summer evenings full of hope and promise.
Long Knives Drawn is a beautiful and ingenious album from a band that is as smart and lovely as it is funny and sassy.
This is a moody, complicated, and intellectual album that is, above all else, heartbreakingly beautiful in both its seriousness and its goofiness.
Yes, this is mostly style over substance, but so what? It's fun, bizarre, indefinable, and has plenty of soul and intelligence buried under all those guitars and dance beats.
These 11 songs spin languid fairy tales back-lit by the poetry of dreams, offering lamentations and rapture in equally delicate measures.
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