Since most of the news out of the Catholic Church have been on the depressing side, I thought I'd highlight positive news stories. Pope Benedict goes after the rampant commercialism which seems to dominate during this season. And he has an important message for Bush: war cannot be "an excuse for disregarding international humanitarian law". Such a law is an expression of moral truth.
Religious activists are protesting at Guantanamo Bay over prison conditions. Mainline religious leaders are getting arrested in Washington over the cruel budget cuts in social services being proposed by the republicans. And ministers are coming out against gun violence. One gets the impression that the public face of religion might be changing for the better.