Daily Links, May 9: spiritual directors, Hugo Chavez, public Christianity

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The Boston Globe reports that there’s a growing demand for spiritual directors today, as the ancient practice of meeting with a religious mentor becomes increasingly mainstream (subscription required).

Scott Alessi argues why we need to reframe the nation’s welfare debate, while Meinrad Scherer-Emunds shares some of US Catholic’s good news: we won a lot of awards at last week’s Associated Church Press conference!

Venezualan leader, Hugo Chavez, known for his praise of Karl Marx and Fidel Castro, is turning to the Christian faith as he struggeles with cancer, the AP reports.

USA Today features a column on the changes in the practice of public Christianity over the past 20 years, concluding that “A distinctive way of being Christian in the public square — a softer, less partisan way — is emerging.” Interestingly, this is the exact opposite of what’s happening in the practice of public Catholic Christianity.

Tom Gallagher of NCR writes that Catholic universities’ contraception ban is failing students, and the bishops’ June meeting will focus on, you guessed it, religious liberty, which, unfortunately seems to look less like religious liberty for all and more like religious liberty for Judeo-Christian faiths.