Immigration advocates are losing patience with Obama
An immigration rally at La Placita in Los Angeles, the historic downtown church entrusted to the Claretians, reflected a growing pessimism on the prospects of comprehensive immigration reform among immigration activists. The Massachusetts election had something to do with it, but Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) ventures the lukewarm support of President Barack Obama had as much.
One year after hope came to Washington
Today marks the one year anniversary of the inauguration of President Barack Obama. Last year it seemed that most of the country was filled with hope (though certainly some were filled with dread).
Today, little of that hope seems to be left.
But rather than blaming Republicans for sucking out all of the liberals' hope or blaming Democrats for squandering their supposed "control" of Washington, one group is proposing a different solution. Their goal: Change Congress.
Two protests meet in Washington
According to Catholic News Service, protesters are sharing their disappointment in the president in Washington, D.C., while about 100 people across the country have started an 11-day liquids-only fast.
Local foods: Not only good but delicious!
On Sunday, I was drooling over my TV while watching Super Iron Chef on the Food Network, featuring the secret ingredient of the White House garden.
The show pitted two pairs of amazing chefs, Bobby Flay with White House Executive Chef Cristeta Comerford against Mario Batali and Emeril Lagasse. For those unfamiliar with the show, the chefs compete by preparing a four- or five-course meal based around a secret ingredient in one hour.
Factory raid creates problems
Notre Dame football seeks new highly paid coach
The biggest news in the Catholic world today has nothing to do with bishops or women religious but football. Notre Dame announced that it fired its coach, Charlie Weis, five years into a ten-year contract.
Obama administration timid, as it gears up for immigration reform
I love the Olympics, but not in my back yard
I spend almost every weekend from April through October in Washington Park, the South Side location of Chicago's proposed "disposable" Olympic stadium.
My teammates and I practice Ultimate on a large open space that holds 14 softball fields, three football/soccer fields, and four cricket fields. I bet that thousands use the park every weekend.
Should Chicago win the bid 2016 Olympics today, all those playing fields will be gone--the center of a community destroyed.
Bishops' voices of reason reasserting themselves
For much of this year the public profile of the US Catholic Church seems to have been dominated by the rantings of extreme right-wing propagandists and a handful of their episcopal enablers who have been badly abusing the pro-life cause for an increasingly shrill, partisan attack on the Obama administration.
Now, though, it seems that the more rabid attack machine has overplayed its hand, and the silent majority of bishops is finally getting tired of the demagoguery and counterproductive tactics that are being employed in the name of our church.