The progressive bishop of San Diego, Robert W. McElroy, argued this week that President Joe Biden should be permitted to continue receiving Holy Communion despite his overt support for abortion rights. “The Eucharist is being weaponized and deployed as a tool in political warfare,” Bishop McElroy states in a May 5 essay for America magazine, by those who insist that Catholic political leaders who actively promote abortion should not be allowed to receive Communion. The Church’s Canon Law establishes that those who obstinately persevere in manifest grave sin “are not to be admitted to holy communion,” a stipulation that many Canon lawyers say applies to Catholics who publicly promote the expansion of abortion rights. Bishop McElroy’s article was published four days after the archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone, released a teaching letter examining “the evil of abortion” and “the meaning of receiving Holy Communion.” In that letter, Archbishop Cordileone … [Read more...] about San Diego Bishop Urges Holy Communion Not Be Denied to Joe Biden
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KEVIN STENT/STUFF Daphany Haenga has lived at The Setup on Manners twice over the last six months. Daphany Haenga wanted a room with a window, and now she has one. The view from her fifth-floor flat at The Setup on Manners in central Wellington looks down on to a back alley, where drug deals are thrashed out, night and day. Inside her two-bedroom flat, she feels insulated from the streets below. “You can hear them screaming, swearing, fighting,” she says. “But then you close the window, and you can’t hear them.” The 40-year-old lived at a private rental in the suburb of Northland with her children until July last year, when a sublease agreement unravelled. She camped out in a car for three months, before bouncing between several hotel-based emergency housing providers dotted throughout the city’s interior streets like a constellation of ugly stars. The first room – a block away, at The Setup on Dixon – was windowless. Haenga, who lives at the apartment with her … [Read more...] about The truth about The Setup on Manners, Wellington’s notorious emergency housing hotel
Emily, a 32-year-old who lives in New England, had already been pushing for two hours when the OB-GYN came in and realized the baby was “sunny-side up” — in the occiput posterior position, meaning the baby’s body was facing Emily’s abdomen. It’s a more difficult birthing position because the baby’s head circumference measures larger from the back than the front. “Without giving me any warning, the doctor reached in and began turning my baby over in my body,” Emily, who declined to give her last name to protect her privacy, recalled in an email last week. “This was by far the most painful thing I’ve ever experienced in my life.” Emily said she looked over at her husband, who had tears running down his face as he watched. “I remember asking him a few days later if the doctor ever said anything to him or anyone in the room about making the decision to flip the baby,” she said. “He said no.” Emily finally gave birth to a healthy baby girl about 36 hours after her water broke. Two … [Read more...] about Moms Are Speaking Up About The Trauma Of Childbirth
Photo: FRQNCY The live-performance business has long been a powerful economic engine for many, many kinds of artists. This is as true for musicians in the streaming age as it is for comedians and, yes, podcasters . (Let’s set theater aside for this discussion. Different bag altogether.) The pandemic, of course, brought live performances to a halt, pushing the business to a cascade of Zoom calls and, to some extent, underground . I can’t speak for everyone, obviously, but my sense is that success in such efforts has mostly been modest at best, chiefly functioning as marginal stop-gap measures as opposed to true virtual adaptations. As the United States inches towards relative normalcy — though within a global context that remains tenuous — the live-performance business in the country appears to be gingerly preparing for the light at the end of the tunnel. Bands are announcing dates again. Some venues are starting to hold very small, socially distant performances. Music … [Read more...] about Are Podcasts Ready For Live Events Again?