Wisdom Wednesday | June 8th

AUSCP NewsRoundup

Topics this week include gun violence (of course) but also witchcraft, the first female rabbi, a good thing about the pandemic, the Black nun who was told to pass for White, and how heresy hunting may have halted. And, oh yes, God Save the Queen (and other women in religious leadership)!

Chicago archbishop Cardinal Blase Cupich has called for gun safety legislation in the aftermath of the Uvalde shooting, which left 19 children and two teachers dead.

Mike Diebold- What our language uses tell about us.

At a Friday morning prayer service (June 3), stunned and shattered worshippers gathered to weep, pray, sing and mourn two young women killed at Cornerstone Church in Ames, Iowa, home to Iowa State University.

You are invited to urgent online dialogue today, “After Buffalo, After Uvalde, After Tulsa: Broken Hearts, Broken Nation, Faithful Action,” presented by the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University. It’s this afternoon (June 8) at 12:30 p.m. EDT. More information, RSVP required.

Has heresy hunting been halted?

At NCR, Writer Austen Ivereigh finds the central message of Francis’s curia reform:

The point is to allow a church in which leadership is tied to charisms and ministries, rather than bound up with the clerical state and ecclesiastical careerism.” Pope Francis’ reforms make the heresy-hunting Vatican of John Paul II barely recognizable.

Women as faith leaders

It is this legacy of independence and social defiance that sits at the heart of modern witchcraft and led to its rebirth into a modern, and increasingly popular, alternative religion.

The pandemic

Speaking of polls . . . 

There is confusion about a new poll, finding that most U.S. Catholics disagree with church leaders on abortion and L.G.B.T. issues. An article in America Magazine suggests that is “probably not confusion but indifference to, and even defiance of, church teaching.”

Also in the news . . .

And the last word: Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the researchers who keep trying to give us a longer weekend, writes Christine Hauser. A six-month program that began in the UK on Monday will test the effects of the four-day workweek on thousands of workers across 70 companies.

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