We are witnessing the Tea Party’s bitter seepage. They’ve been redrawing voting districts and running people for office, taking over state and local governments. We’ve watched, aghast as the Koch cronies took seats in Washington.
A Vatican official has upheld the wholesale excommunication of hundreds of lay Catholics affiliated with dissident and reform groups by a Nebraska bishop 11 years ago. Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz of Lincoln issued the excommunication order in 1996. It was confirmed in a letter late last year to Bruskewitz from Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, head of the Vatican’s office in charge of bishops.
Pope JohnPaulII has appointed MaryAnnGlendon, a Harvard Law School professor, to serve as president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, making her the highest ranking laywoman in the Vatican.
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