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Monday, October 18, 2021

Criticism of Biden pick for Vatican ambassador

Bill Donohue's criticism of Biden pick for Vatican ambassador shows only his own narrowness

"President Joe Biden's presence in the White House is especially unnerving to a certain kind of 'professional Catholic' who fronts for the Republican Party, precisely because the president is a devout church-going Catholic who doesn't subscribe to their narrow interpretations of what it means to be devout," writes NCR political columnist Michael Sean Winters. "So it was only a matter of time before they began attacking the president's choice to be ambassador to the Holy See, a job without a lot of power but with a great deal of symbolic significance."

Biden nominated former Sen. Joe Donnelly to be the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See on Oct. 8. The choice was criticized by the "papal posse" on EWTN, Raymond Arroyo, Robert Royal and Fr. Gerald Murray and also critiqued by Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, who issued a statement calling Donnelly a "rogue Catholic" and arguing it was wrong to call him "pro-life."

"I hope the ambassador-designate knows that being attacked by a blowhard like Bill Donohue is a mark of distinction and honor, and I welcome him to the club of those who have felt Donohue's ire," Winters says.

You can read more of Winters' column here.

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By protecting land, sisters leave a legacy and 'gift it to the planet'

Fall has arrived in the Hudson River Valley, a particularly beautiful time for a locale of forests, estuaries, marshlands, parks, hiking trails, bridges — and the mighty expanse of the Hudson River.

Protecting the ecological integrity of this land has been a mission for religious congregations with ties to the valley since the founding in 1996 of Religious Organizations Along the River, or ROAR.

The coalition has been active in education and advocacy on several key issues in the last 25 years, including fracking, the closure of the Indian Point nuclear power plant and, more recently, a proposed electric line under the Hudson River that would connect electricity providers in Canada with the New York metropolitan area.

Read more at EarthBeat.

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More headlines

  • "It is both dispiriting and perplexing, with all the fears and distress bearing down on the families and the people of the world, for the bishops to be entangled with the political divisions that continue to roil the country," writes Barbara Thorp in a commentary for NCR.

  • The Catholic Church's leading institute for safeguarding and child protection has expanded with a revamped mission to provide a "culture of care for all human beings."

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