London, 20 September (ENI)--Pope Benedict XVI completed a successful State visit to England and Scotland despite opposition from secularists and those who accuse him of intransigence on the issue of child abuse by clergy, some media reports suggest.
(RNS) At the end of a summer characterized by unprecedented levels
of Islamophobia, Muslim Americans and their allies have found an
expected reason to smile: Jake Isom, a skateboarder with a rat-tail from
Marcelo Ebrard, mayor of Mexico City, has filed a defamation lawsuit against Cardinal Juan Sandoval Íñiguez, archbishop of Guadalajara, for his claim that Ebrard bribed the country's Supreme Court into backing a gay marriage law approved by Mexico City's legislative assembly last December.
A disturbing factor in the rash of police shootings of unarmed black people and of deaths in police custody is that many of the victims were apprehended for petty offenses. Sandra Bland was stopped for not signaling a lane change, Samuel DuBose for a missing license plate, and Walter Scott for a busted taillight. A trend among municipalities is to issue fines as a means of generating revenue, and this onerous strategy falls disproportionately on people of color, many of whom are poor themselves. Not having the means to pay the fines can land them in jail, resulting in job loss and perpetuation of poverty—and increased distrust of law enforcement (Mother Jones, September/October).