3. Naomi Riley reviews a new book on international adoption.
4. Kentucky governor Matt Bevin on adoption:
— Catherine Hadro (@CatSzeltner) October 10, 2018
In case you missed it, this has been an epic 24 hours for death penalty abolition.
Malaysia announced it will be ending the death penalty.
The Supreme Court of Washington unanimously ruled the death penalty unconstitutional.
Gov. @BillHaslam stopped tonight's execution in TN!
— Shane Claiborne (@ShaneClaiborne) October 11, 2018
6. BBC: The Skate Girls of Kabul
7. An exchange in Providence magazine:
You are a devout Roman Catholic who works for a secular government in the Islamic world. How has your Christian faith equipped you to deal with the challenges of diplomacy in such a complex and dangerous environment?
In at least two ways. First of all, believing in the truth of the Gospel and in the fallen nature of man should give one a sense of humility in dealing with the realities of the Middle East. All too often Westerners come to the East with a built-in sense of superiority of postmodern liberal society over a supposedly benighted and fanatical East. The reality is rather more complicated than that. Second, being a believer can and should help you understand people’s motivation, what touches their heart and spirit, what is most precious to them, more than life itself. Westerners, especially highly secularized elites who tend to staff Western foreign ministries, have sometimes forgotten, if they ever learned, that man does not live by bread alone. This dismissal of the spiritual (or if you prefer, ideological or inner) dimension of the human condition can be worse than folly. It can be deadly. This is not to present a simplistic clichéd image of a spiritual East and material West, but the world is broader and deeper than the jaundiced view from Foggy Bottom or Brussels or the island of Manhattan.
10. An early-hour thought that lingers:
there will be a lot of commentary today on the news of Cardinal Wuerl's accepted resignation, but some prayer would be good. Today is Friday and its a good traditional day of penance. It's something to fit in. Prayers and penance for apostolic leadership in all our roles.
— Kathryn Jean Lopez (@kathrynlopez) October 12, 2018
Published at Fri, 12 Oct 2018 13:55:31 +0000