Tom Cornell, whose actions and writings through more than six decades brought Christian nonviolence and war resistance to the forefront of Catholic life, died peacefully Aug. 1, his two grown children at his bedside and wife, Monica, nearby, at the Peter Maurin Farm in Marlboro, New York. He was 88.
Like Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, Cornell valued a mix of traditional Catholicism with radical activism and dated his involvement with the movement to 1953. It was then, as an unsettled college student, he stumbled across the then newly published book, The Long Loneliness, Day's autobiography. He quickly became enamored with Day and her mission.
As residents of Kentucky endure historic flooding and face a rising death toll — which includes four siblings ages 2 to 8 years old — Bishop John Stowe of Lexington is working to assess the damage, ramp up assistance and listen attentively to those affected.
"All our churches have a social dimension to their ministry — food pantries, second-hand stories — and help people who live in dire poverty day in and day out," said Stowe. "To see this devastation is terrible."
At the press conference on the plane returning to Rome from Canada, Pope Francis chastised those who want to take the church backwards. NCR political columnist Michael Sean Winters teases out the pope's meaning by analyzing the pope's talk with clergy and religious in Quebec.
ICYMI: Some border residents and organizations are speaking out against the Biden administration after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security revealed plans to fill in gaps of a border wall to keep migrants out near Yuma, Arizona.
ICYMI: In Washington, a group of about 100 Catholic men and women — directors of Catholic organizations, lay ministers, women religious and bishops — gathered in late July to define their role and that of their local churches in Latin America as their respective countries transition into a post-pandemic period.